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Axel Springer and Ringier to pursue merger

Axel Springer AG and Ringier AG, two multinational media firms with extensive print media holdings in Hungary, are preparing to merge their Hungarian operations by the end of 2013, according to Hungarian economic daily, Napi Gazdaság. The companies first announced plans to merge its Central and Eastern European media operations in 2010 in hopes of expanding their footing […]

Secrecy over new left-wing web portal stirs media hype

Since announcing his plans in February, the editor of a left-leaning Hungarian news portal set to launch in May remains evasive about details of the new outlet, including its financial backing and ownership. The new outlet will be headed by former Index editor-in-chief Péter Uj and includes a team of former Index journalists. Uj’s new operation could rival Index, Hungary’s top online […]

Government official files libel suit against newspaper, reader over online comment

János Lázár, Secretary of State for the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office, has filed a civil libel suit against a newspaper and a criminal libel claim against a reader for online comments made in reaction to an article about the politician’s involvement in a fatal car accident last year. As first reported by, Hungarian officials have […]

Media Authority President’s death raises questions over successor

The death of Annamária Szalai, who served as President of the Media Authority and Chairperson of the Media Council, is fueling speculation over who will be named to fill the post as Hungary’s top media regulator. The outcome also puts to test whether the newly modified appointment procedures brokered by the Council of Europe will achieve the […]

Cartoon wars: Hungary and Germany trade jabs

A battle of words and wit between German TV and Hungarian officials and journalists continued this week over recent cartoons aired on German state TV calling the Hungarian Government undemocratic and saying it controls the media. The tiff began March 16, when German public TV station ran an animated segment for children called “Red Card […]