BUDAPEST – Index journalists resign as fallout from editor’s firing unfolds

The editorial staff at Index unanimously asked to reinstate editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull after he was sacked on Wednesday (22 July) raising fears of deteriorating press freedom in the country.

Following the refusal of Bodolai László, chairman of the board of trustees of the foundation that owns the news portal, who cited a deep “loss of confidence” in Dull complaining that he was unable “to work with him in any way,” at least three journalists resigned on Thursday, 444.hu reported.

According to the news site, when asked about press freedom during a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said:

“To constantly, unjustifiably question without evidence in its democratic nature, a country, a nation, is unacceptable.”

Szijjártó added that the government has nothing to do with the decision of a private company.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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