Chief editor of Hungary’s principal impartial information web site fired

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Szabolcs Dull, the editor-in-chief of Hungary’s largest impartial information web site, Index.hu, was fired on Wednesday.

The move comes a month after Dull warned that the web site’s independence from the federal government was in danger. Last month, Index moved its “independence barometer” to “in danger” from “independent” after it was confronted by administration plans to reorganize the newsroom, which it opposed.

Index is among the many impartial media retailers which have suffered financially amid prime minister Viktor Orban’s efforts to manage Hungary’s media. The authorities has denied interfering within the media.

The European Commission has earlier expressed concern for the independence of index.hu, and has accused Budapest of eroding the rule of regulation. Several impartial media retailers have closed after Orban used authorized levers, possession modifications and promoting cash to create extra loyal media.

Over 90 staffers mentioned in a word posted on Index that they take into account the firing of Dull as “an open attempt to exert pressure”, which can make impartial work within the newsroom unattainable.

Dull later mentioned he was instructed by Laszlo Bodolai, who leads the inspiration that owns Index, that he had been fired due to the choice to move the “independence barometer” and due to the bulletins he wrote explaining the motivation behind the choice.

“The political independence of Index is not at risk”, Bodolai mentioned, including that Dull had been unable to manage inner tensions that arose from perceived makes an attempt to affect the newsroom. That led to disarray and a drop in income as advertisers stayed away, in response to Bodolai.