Hungary “needs to fight for the freedom of the press just like in 1848”, the head of the opposition Socialists said at ceremony on Friday, and insisted that “the ruling parties will now do everything to prevent the press from being free”.
Bertalan Tóth spoke at the hand-over ceremony of the Free Press Awards, and said that the government “tramples on the rule of law” and neglects European norms, while “the prime minister puts his own privileges before the interests of the whole nation”.
Hungary has no media freedom, because those in power now control the whole media”
“We are now where we were 171 years ago: we need to regain a free press,” he insisted.
Left to right: Bertalan Tóth, Zoltán J. Gál, Péter Rózsa, Róbert Alföldi and László Kránitz, Chair of the Free Press Foundation. Photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI
This year’s awards have gone to actor and theatre director Róbert Alföldi, journalist and politician Zoltán J. Gál, and journalist Péter Rózsa.
On the featured photo: Bertalan Tóth. Photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI