Hungary: Orbán allies acquire regional press monopoly

first_img HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Receive email alerts HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the purchase of Hungary’s last five independent regional newspapers by oligarchs allied with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Their acquisition in the past few days is the latest attack on pluralism in a country where the government keeps extending its control over the media. News ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP Ten months after the independent national daily Népszabadság’s sudden closure last October, supporters of the ruling Fidesz party now control all of Hungary’s regional dailies. Orbán’s latest media “bag” was preceded by the purchase of 13 regional newspapers by an old school friend in December.“In less than a year, Fidesz has extended its sway over the entire regional press,” RSF said. “This sounds the knell for media independence in Hungary.”Orbán trioAndy Vajna, a former Hollywood producer and Orbán buddy, began acquiring the Lapcom press group, which publishes the newspapers Kisaföld and Délmagyarország, at the end of last month.The Austrian press firm Russmedia announced on 31 July that it was selling the Hungarian local newspapers Hajdú-Bihari Napló, Észak-Magyarország and Kelet-Magyarország. Their buyer is none other than Heinrich Pecina, Népszabadság’s former owner, who was blamed at the time for its closure last October. It was also Pecina who facilitated the purchase of Mediaworks, the publisher of the 13 other regional dailies, by Orbán’s former school friend, Lőrinc Mészáros, in December.The manoeuvring by the Pecina-Vajna-Mészáros trio, which has ended up with a monopoly of Hungary’s 18 regional newspapers, has taken media concentration in this European Union member country to a new, grotesque level.Media concentration in run-up to elections“These latest acquisitions by ruling party supporters are further confirmation of the government’s desire to control the media,” RSF added. “This blow to regional press independence is all the most disturbing in the run-up to parliamentary elections.”Fidesz’s control of the regional press will enhance its sway over Hungary’s 4.5 million voters when they elect a new parliament in April. Since 2010, Orbán has made no bones about his desire to extend state control over strategic sectors such as the media.Ever since Orbán’s return to power in 2010, democracy has been in retreat in Hungary, which is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more News Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Follow the news on Hungary August 4, 2017 – Updated on August 3, 2018 Hungary: Orbán allies acquire regional press monopolycenter_img to go further News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation RSF_en Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site May 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Joven, Swanner and Matta take oath of office

first_img Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – December 22, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Joven, Swanner and Matta take oath of office Local NewsGovernment WhatsAppcenter_img TAGS  Javier Joven, Denise Swanner and Mark Matta reportedly met at the Ector County Courthouse where Ector County Court at Law Judge Christopher Clark officially administered the oath of office on Tuesday. Joven is the newly elected mayor, while Matta and Swanner are Council members for District 1 and At-Large, respectively. All three won their races during the Dec. 15 runoff election. According to a press release issued by Joven, it states “due to the serious nature of the ongoing issues facing both the city and the state, the candidates agreed that Odessans would be best served by assuming office as soon as possible.” A brief ceremony was reportedly held where the candidates were accompanied by close friends and family. A formal public ceremony will be announced at a later date. Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleJury indicts man on shooting gun five times at vehicle full of peopleNext articleGIRL’S BASKETBALL: OHS vs PERMIAN Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Gatlin: Bolt told me I didn’t deserve boos

first_imgUSAIN Bolt told Justin Gatlin he did not deserve to be booed after taking the gold in the Jamaican’s final 100 metres outing at the IAAF World Championships.Gatlin has served two doping bans across his career and received treatment that starkly contrasted to that of Bolt at London Stadium, the American roundly jeered while Bolt was the focus of adulation.The 35-year-old came in for more negative attention as he became the first person to beat Bolt in a 100m final at a major championships and the oldest gold medallist at the Worlds with a time of 9.92 seconds.Bolt had to settle for third behind the exciting Christian Coleman, and Gatlin revealed the words of support the outgoing icon offered him at the conclusion of the race.“We’re rivals on the track but in the warm-down area we still joke and have a good time,” Gatlin told BBC Sport.“The first thing he said to me is, ‘congratulations, you worked hard for this’. He said, ‘you don’t deserve the boos’ and I thanked him for inspiring me throughout my career.”However, Gatlin claimed the continually frosty reception in London had not fazed him.“I tuned the crowd out through all the rounds,” he said. “I stayed the course, I kept my energy through the semis and came to the finals and did what I had to do.“The people who love me are here cheering for me, at home cheering for me and that’s what I’ve been thinking about.”The American said the feeling was “surreal” but relished in taking the top step of the podium and recalled his triumph at the Olympic Games in 2004.“It’s just a surreal moment. I thought of all the things I would do if I did win – I didn’t do any of that,” continued Gatlin.“It was almost like 2004 all over again. I won by a little margin and to be able to come across the line and have that excitement it’s still amazing because its Usain Bolt’s last race.“I’ve had so many victories, so many losses, and to be able to run against him throughout the years, it’s an amazing night.”(Omnisport).last_img read more

James Harden: ‘You don’t have to like watching me play, but I know a lot of people that do’

first_img“That’s fine, you don’t have to like watching me play,” Harden told ESPN on Saturday. “But I know a lot of people that do.”Harden went on to say he “appreciate(s) the haters” and uses the negative talk as motivation.  Related News NBA wrap: Paul George scores 45 as Thunder come back to beat Rockets “They motivate me to be better than I was the year before. That’s what it’s about,” Harden explained. “You’re always going to have somebody who doesn’t like what you do or downplays what you do or can’t relate to you. Which is fine. Nothing against them, but that’s a part of life.”I don’t have nothing to prove to anybody. When you know you’re comfortable within your own self, and you go out there and be yourself every single night and every single day, that’s pretty cool.”Harden’s teammates acknowledged the 29-year-old guard’s recent performances have been nothing short of impressive as he now stands at 29 straight games of 30-plus-points after the Rockets’ 117-112 victory over the Thunder on Saturday. James Harden has faced scrutiny from fans as he continues to climb the ranks in the NBA and produce one of his best season’s yet.The seven-time All-Star and defending MVP is fully aware of his haters, but he has one simple message for the critics. “Man, just respect what he’s doing,” Chris Paul said of the criticism Harden receives. “Guys who play in this league know how hard that is to do that night in and night out. … If everybody else could do it, they would.”Austin Rivers added: “I’m surprised that people don’t like watching him play. … We live in a day and age where everybody likes one-on-one moves, crossovers — I mean, you would think people would love watching him.”Harden is making a strong run to bring home another MVP this season as he has led the Rockets to a 32-23 record, averaging 36.6 points and 7.8 assists on 44.2 percent shooting.last_img read more