Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – Propaganda media launches new attack against high school student who criticized government

This is what Atlatszo wrote last week:

Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén’s friend requested valuable hunting grounds in the Gemenc forest

The land he requested is situated in the Gemenc forest, a unique place that is the last remaining tidal area of the Danube in Hungary.  Halmágyi-Takács has a good relationship with deputy prime minister (and hunting enthusiast) Zsolt Semjén.

Propaganda media launches new attack against high school student who criticized government

The Hungarian propaganda media launched new attacks against Blanka Nagy, the high school student who spoke out against the government at several protests during the winter. Nagy has already won defamation cases against three pro-government outlets: Lokál, Ripost, and Origo.

Government keeps report on world heritage sites secret; UNESCO sending inspectors to Hungary

The government of Hungary is hiding the report it sent to UNESCO about the state of World Heritage Sites in the country – even though NGOs, journalists and members of Parliament have asked to see it. UNESCO might not be satisfied with the answers, though: it is sending inspectors to Hungary in the near future.

Fundacja Reporterów small research grants for journalists in the Visegrad countries

The aim of the Fundacja Reporterów Small Grants for Journalists program (further called: FR Small Grants) is to support journalists in producing high-quality stories from the Visegrad region. The main idea of the program is to provide financial support during the research phase of the work.

This is what is going on in Hungary:

UNIAN: Hungary’s MFA summons Ukraine envoy over entry ban to head of Alliance of Hungarians in Romania

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has summoned Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary Liubov Nepop over the ban on entry to Ukraine to head of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) Hunor Kelemen.

The Guardian: White Porgy and Bess cast ‘asked to say they identify as African-American’

The Hungarian State Opera has come up with a dubious way around a stipulation that George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess be performed by an all-black cast: it is allegedly asking its white, Hungarian singers to sign a paper saying they identify as African-American.

Politico: Hungary and Slovenia in diplomatic row over censorship request

Slovenia rejected a Hungarian government request to censor journalists after a Slovenian publication ran a front cover showing a caricature of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán doing a Nazi salute.

Reuters/APA: Austria extends duration of border checks for Hungary and Slovenia

In the letter to the EU Commission, Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl cited a persistently high number of illegal migrants and a “latent threat of terrorism” related to the prospect of fighters returning from former Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq.