Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
You must have noticed that ass which you have grown to replace your face. I understand if you don’t bother, you have already been treated with such kind of anomaly…
wrote journalist Árpád W. Tóta in a left-liberal weekly two months ago. No, he’s not in prison and he’s been still writing similar things almost each day.
The same journalist was introduced as “a very influential, extremely famous blogger” in a public debate in Amsterdam, the Netherlands two years ago. Hungary’s political situation and the freedom of press was the topic. Mr. Tóta told the Western audience that Hungary is a dictatorship. He also added that “the press in Hungary is not free, everything is controlled by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Western press doesn’t see this”.
According to today’s report by Freedom House, a US government sponsored organization, Hungary’s press is only “partly free” and they rank “political rights” worse than in 2006 and 2007. Then Freedom House’s evaluated Hungary’s freedom of speech as “free”. “Freedom rating”, “civil liberties”, “political rights” were given the highest grades in 2006 and 2007. That was when the media hegemony of the Socialist-leftliberal regime was still unbroken (though Hír TV was delivering huge blows to it). That was when the government held “left-liberal media friends only” press conferences. It was the autumn of 2006 when police terror reigned in the streets of Budapest. Watch this documentary:
Once again, this is from 2006 when Freedom House gave the highest grade for Hungary’s “civil liberties” and “political rights”.