Hungarian newspapers, TV stations and media platforms have been under pressure from President Viktor Orban’s government for many years now. Advertising revenues from state and even private sources have practically dried up. In recent years, press and media platforms have been bought up by business people with close ties to the government and have either been closed down or co-opted. Now the government appears to have found another way of taking aim at the country’s independent media . Magyar Posta, Hungary’s state postal service, made the shocking announcement last week, tersely stating that nationwide delivery services for daily newspapers would be terminated on 1 July. The official explanation is that it is no longer possible to maintain the service because years of declining circulation have made distribution economically unviable. It’s an explanation that many greeted with skepticism. “We were shocked when we found out,” says Csaba Lukacs, the director of the Hungarian weekly newspaper Magyar Hang (Hungarian Voice). His publication is, however, not yet affected by the postal service changes, “We are a weekly newspaper,” explains Lukacs. Still, he says he is worried “the Hungarian postal service could decide that it will no longer deliver weekly newspapers by the end… Read full this story
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