“I have been following the situation of Index with concern. I would like to express my solidarity with the staff of Index who have been working under very difficult conditions,” European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, wrote to news website Index.hu, Hungary’s most popular media outlet.
“I want to tell you: ‘What you are doing, the values you are fighting for, media freedom and pluralism, are essential for democracy, and for Europe – and all the supporting messages of your readers testify of the importance of your work,’ Jourová said in a letter published on Index. “You can count on my support,” she added.
It has been a turbulent couple of weeks for the online news outlet after the editor-in-chief, Szabolcs Dull, was removed from the management board for publicly warning on 21 June of a planned overhaul that would jeopardise Index’s freedom to publish stories critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government.
Two days later, the new’s website’s CEO, András Pusztay, resigned while his replacement, Zsolt Ződi, exited only a week later, saying that the changes that needed to be carried out were too big a task for him.
(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)