Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hungary's State Broadcaster Fires Two Journalists Over Protest

Coat of arms of HungaryImage via WikipediaHungry Hungarian journalists Aranka Szavuly and Balazs Nagy Navarro, engaged in a hunger strike since December 10 in protest against Prime Minister Viktor Orban of the conservative Fidesz party, have been terminated, according to a story in The Irish Times.

The State-owned public broadcaster said the journalists were canned for taking on a political role in conducting an "illegal" strike. Prime Minister Orban, who has drawn fire from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Commission Head Jose Manual Barroso, among others, for reforms that purportedly infringe on democratic freedoms, was targeted by the two journalists for allegedly meddling in media operations, the Times reported.
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