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Xpat Opinion: Former Police Chiefs Reprimanded Over 2006 Riots In Budapest
Commentators disagree on the sentences handed down to police commanders for mishandling political violence in September 2006. Leftist authors celebrate the ruling as proof that the police were innocent, while conservatives find the blame apportioned astonishingly light. more »
Zoo Director Shoots Runaway Wolf In Pécs, Hungary
Pécs Zoo director Miklós Szatyor yesterday shot dead a wolf that escaped from the enclosure on Saturday. The wolf, which had arrived from an Italian zoo on the previous day, jumped over a 2.5-metre high fence at 10 a.m. Saturday as zookeepers were filling a watering hole. Authorities evacuated the surrounding woods as police and hunters began an unsuccessful search for the creature. more »
Video: US Ambassador To Hungary's “We Will Build a Stronger Bridge” Speech
US Ambassador Colleen Bell recently made numerous positive public remarks about Hungary, and also spoke of her country’s concerns - about corruption, a decline of freedom of the press, and xenophobic characterisations of refugees – during her speech on Wednesday 28 October at the Corvinus University in Budapest.

She said Hungary was not a place where journalists were jailed or tortured, but spoke about concerns of concentrated media ownership and large subsidies to state media. Also Ambassador Bell talked about the government’s crackdown on the freedom of several NGOs operating in the country, recalling that government officials openly accused several human rights watchdogs and NGOs of supporting the opposition and being foreign agents.

Below is a full transcript and video of her speech, which itself has received both criticism and praise, see what you make of it... more »

Hungarian Left-Wing Politicians' Reactions To Gyurcsány's New Pamphlet


Hungarian Left-Wing Politicians' Reactions To Gyurcsány's New Pamphlet
For now, the Socialists (MSZP) and the center left Együtt party (Together) do not wish to officially comment on Ferenc Gyurcsány's pamphlet in which the Chairman of the Democratic Coalition talked about the necessity of a common platform and leadership for the Left in order to be able to defeat the Fidesz-led government. Multiple politicians of the democratic opposition claimed in the background that they will not back Ferenc Gyurcsány. more »

Justice Minister: Hungary Govt Has Zero Tolerance Policy On Hate Speech


Justice Minister: Hungary Govt Has Zero Tolerance Policy On Hate Speech
The Hungarian government will not tolerate hate speech, the justice minister said. People’s freedom and dignity require that their faith, religion and identity are respected, László Trócsányi said. However, in the age of globalisation, the internet and social media there are obviously limitations in the legal regulation of this area. more »

Budapest Court Reprimands Former Budapest Police Chief


Budapest Court Reprimands Former Budapest Police Chief
The Budapest Capital Regional Court reprimanded two suspects and acquitted the other 12 in a hearing held in a criminal procedure against former police chiefs in connection with anti-government riots in 2006. In a non-binding ruling, the court handed down the reprimand, the lowest degree sentence, to former Budapest police chief Péter Gergényi, the second suspect, and Gábor Mittó, the former commander of a local riot police unit. more »



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