The dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian news website Index.hu has increased concern that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist government is intensifying efforts to muzzle critical voices.
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Critics say Hungary’s suspension of controversial administrative courts could be characterised as an attempt to avoid criticism and remain in the EU’s largest centre-right bloc, though it does little to address rule of law concerns.
Party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban won 12 of Hungary’s 21 seats, a feat hailed by the populist leader as a ‘record victory’.
The Hungarian Prime Minister’s party has been suspended from the European People’s Party, but some see it as a half-measure in the face of a tougher original proposal to expel the party from Europe's largest bloc.
The European Parliament's largest bloc will decide whether to expel Fidesz party of Prime Minister Orban, who's defiant of EU's immigration policies.
Two opposition politicians, who planned to to read out a petition, removed from state broadcaster MTVA building in Budapest amid protests against a new labour law.
The new law 'STOP Soros' makes it more difficult for refugees and immigrants to gain asylum in Hungary and threatens people helping asylum seekers with up to a year in prison.
The measure is part of a campaign against US financier George Soros, who is accused of plotting to undermine the country's Christian culture by flooding it with immigrants by funding liberal causes.
Thousands marched through the capital city of Budapest to demand a non-partisan media. Opposition have blamed a biased media for Prime Minister Viktor Orban's recent election win.
The protest was among the biggest in Hungary in recent years, similar in size to a mass rally prompted by Victor Orban’s plan to tax internet use four years ago.
Opinion polls have consistently put firebrand nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party 20 or more points clear of their nearest rivals, Jobbik, a far-right party that has been moving towards the centre.
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