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Hungary

2018

07

Dec

Hungary’s Orban exempts pro-government media group from scrutiny

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has exempted a mammoth pro-government media group from scrutiny by the national competition watchdog, according to a decree published late on Wednesday. Critics say the rightwing nationalist leader is presiding over a gradual disappearance of independent media in the ex-Communist satellite. Dozens of newspapers and broadcasters critical of Orban have […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Euro News , Reuters

31

Oct

Petra Laszlo: Hungarian camerawoman who kicked migrants is acquitted

Hungary’s supreme court has acquitted a camerawoman who was filmed tripping and kicking migrants at the border in 2015. Petra Laszlo had been sentenced to three years’ probation for her actions by a lower court. But the country’s top court ruled on Tuesday that she should have been charged with a misdemeanour not a criminal offence, […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: BBC , Sputnik

15

Oct

Hungary homeless ban to be enforced

Rough sleeping in Hungary will be banned from Monday after a homelessness law adopted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government and called “cruel” by critics comes into force. A constitutional amendment approved by the Budapest parliament on June 20 banned “habitual residence in a public space”, beefing up a 2013 law that made it a […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Times Live

21

Jun

Hungary steps up anti-immigration stance with plans for NGO tax

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration. Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: The Guardian , TRT Haber

07

May

Hungarian PM Orban getting tougher on migration: ‘We are building a Christian democracy’

After an election victory built on a fierce anti-migrant campaign, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said his new government would soon bring forward tighter immigration rules. He also named Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Economy Minister Mihaly Varga as deputy prime ministers and gave notice he would take a tough stance against the […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Reuters

15

Mar

Hungary sentences Syrian refugee to seven years for throwing stones at security officers

A Hungarian court on Wednesday sentenced a Syrian man to seven years in prison after convicting him in a retrial of entering Hungary illegally and being complicit in an act of terror for throwing rocks at police during a 2015 border riot. Ahmed Hamed, who was also expelled from Hungary for 10 years, had been […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: The New York Times

01

Mar

UN Refugee Agency slams Hungary on draft NGO law, border zone

The United Nations’ refugee agency urged Hungary to withdraw a draft billtargeting civil groups helping asylum-seekers and to loosen restrictions along the razor-wire fence it has built on its southern border. “For the past few weeks, UNHCR has observed that the Hungarian authorities are, on average, only allowing two asylum-seekers a day to enter the country […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Bloomberg

09

Jan

Hungary’s Leader Says Refugees Should Be Called ‘Muslim Invaders’

Refugees in Europe are just “Muslim invaders” and economic migrants seeking better lives, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has said, adding that the large number of Muslims in the EU had led to the appearance of ‘parallel societies.’ Asked in an interview with the German Bild newspaper why Budapest does not want to accept any refugees, Orban replied: “We […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: RT

2017

24

Oct

Refugee-hostile Hungary urges Europe to protect Christians

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has urged other European leaders to join him in helping protect Christians from persecution, even as he rejects EU efforts to resettle Muslim refugees around the bloc. Addressing a Budapest conference on threats facing Christian communities, Mr Orban warned that “the fate of Christians in the Middle East should bring home to Europe that […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: The Irish Times

09

Sep

Hungary and Slovakia defiant after EU court rebuke

Hungary and Slovakia pledged not to change their opposition to taking in asylum seekers after the EU’s top court on Wednesday (6 September) dismissed the two countries’ complaints over the EU’s migration quota scheme. Slovak prime minister Robert Fico said his country respects the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ’s) decision to reject their complaints but […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: EUOBSERVER , Anadolu Agency