a gigantic media consortium serving Orban

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Viktor Orban, 8 November, at the Congress of the European People's Party, Helsinki.
Viktor Orban, 8 November, at the Congress of the European People's Party, Helsinki. MARKKU ULANDER / AFP

Viktor Orban is far from seeking dialogue with Europe. After the historic vote of the European Parliament which, on 12 September, recommended to the European Council the activation of an exceptional Community procedure (Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union) against Hungary for "Clear risk of serious violation of the rule of law", the Hungarian prime minister multiplies the provocations. The last is the announcement, on November 28, of the creation of a gigantic media consortium, which brings together the ten publishers of newspapers in favor of his regime. A first in the West.

The birth of this colossal chapeautant 476 titles, from the print of the magazine to the television via radio and the Internet, spectacularly complement the centralization company engaged by the leader of the sovereign, from his return to controls in 2010, in this country of Central Europe of 9 8 million inhabitants of the European Union (EU) since 2004. HirTV, Retro Radio, the weekly Figyelő or the pure 888.hu player: known brands in Hungary, but not very profitable, they are influenced by this movement.

"This is a right-wing media initiative that has decided to increase their impact" explains Balazs Hidveghi, the director of communication of the party to the Fidesz government. "The majority of the government is not at the origin of this synergy, although it welcomes it.In Hungary, there were no conservative media twenty-five years ago.The media situation has become more balanced."

"An unprecedented operation in the European Union"

This non-profit organization was named Central European Press and Media Foundation (FPMEC). It was created in August 2018, with "Breathtaking audacity", according to a scratchy editorial of New York Times, which compares it with a communist propaganda agency before 1989. Its objective will be, in particular, that of "Conservation of Christian values" dear to the executive and "Show the Hungarian national conscience". Media groups, all known to belong to personalities close to Viktor Orban, will kindly cede their resources to the new leader of FPMEC, Gabor Liszkay, a statement by the head of government.

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