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January 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reports from Hungary suggest that censorship has returned to that country with a ruthlessness not seen since the fall of communism in 1990. In recent days, thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in Budapest demanding an end to what they regard as repressive policies instituted by the government of Viktor Orban. According to published reports, Laszlo Szabo, communications director of Hungary’s state broadcasting network Magyar Televisio (MTV), has resigned. Daily Variety said his resignation was triggered by the decision of editors to blur an image of a former Supreme Court Justice who had fallen out of favor with Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party after publicly criticizing Orban. Last month two reporters for the station went on a hunger strike to call attention to alleged political meddling. Their protest was ignored by the state Media Council, whose members are all nominated by Fidesz.