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Closure Of Hungarian Newspaper Highlights Threat To Independent Media Throughout Europe

When staff at Hungary’s left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper packed up their stuff on a Friday night a year ago, they thought they were just moving across town, but it turned out the paper had been shut down, literally overnight, The Guardian reports. Within weeks, ownership of the other publications in the group had been transferred to a new holding company linked to Lorinc Mezzaros, an oligarch ally of populist prime minister Viktor Orban and mayor of Orban’s hometown. “It was an ambush,” recalls deputy editor Marton Gergely. “All the circumstances spoke against economic reasons for closing the newspaper down suddenly.”“We felt betrayed, lied about, cynically played. There were journalists…

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