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News from Hungary In Focus

Interesting times indeed. I got caught up in politics. Even abroad it was difficult to miss the troubles in Hungary: controversial new laws enacted, new constitution, economic crises, heavy critique from the US and the EU, mass protests in Budapest.

Source: http://naplo-online.hu/nagyitas/20110421_civilek_alaptorveny_alairasa_ellen/printIt all started a year ago, when I was invited to speak at a rally against the than newly adopted media law which coupled a heavily centralized, and politically charged media authority with unprecedented power of this authority over all kinds of media.

The organizer was a Facebook group called One Million for the Press Freedom in Hungary. By now a 100.000 strong group, it has quickly broadened its scope to protect all kinds of freedom rights, and mutated into a media outlet besides organizing mass protests on March 15th and October 23rd.

I am now one of the spokespersons of the group. I was elected to be amongst the informal leaders of the 40-something people who are actively involved in the organization. I am one of the editors of the Facebook page which organizes debates, pushes underreported news, disseminates information on the civil society protests to hundreds of thousands 2-3 times every day.

I wish I could go back to the library and work on my new project, but these are desperate times, and I realized my responsibility in the future of my country which has been officially been ceased to be a Republic.

 

What are we doing now?

Interesting times indeed. I got caught up in politics. Even abroad it was difficult to miss the troubles in Hungary: controversial new laws enacted, new constitution, economic crises, heavy critique from the US and the EU, mass protests in Budapest.

Source: http://naplo-online.hu/nagyitas/20110421_civilek_alaptorveny_alairasa_ellen/printIt all started a year ago, when I was invited to speak at a rally against the than newly adopted media law which coupled a heavily centralized, and politically charged media authority with unprecedented power of this authority over all kinds of media.

The organizer was a Facebook group called One Million for the Press Freedom in Hungary. By now a 100.000 strong group, it has quickly broadened its scope to protect all kinds of freedom rights, and mutated into a media outlet besides organizing mass protests on March 15th and October 23rd.

I am now one of the spokespersons of the group. I was elected to be amongst the informal leaders of the 40-something people who are actively involved in the organization. I am one of the editors of the Facebook page which organizes debates, pushes underreported news, disseminates information on the civil society protests to hundreds of thousands 2-3 times every day.

I wish I could go back to the library and work on my new project, but these are desperate times, and I realized my responsibility in the future of my country which has been officially been ceased to be a Republic.

 

What are we doing now?

First and foremost we run this independent media. We are also busy organizing the March 15th protest, which is hard, because the authorities have occupied all the public spaces in Budapest. We run a campaign to find an alternative to the current president of Hungary, who is plagued by well founded allegations of plagiarism. We also host a public debate on the contents of a new social contract – a must where nearly 60% of the electorate cannot name a party for which s/he would be willing to vote for.

I am afraid of repercussions. But I don’t have any other choice but to go forward.

 

Take care,

 

b.-

 

Interviews I gave to the Hungarian and international media:

First and foremost we run this independent media. We are also busy organizing the March 15th protest, which is hard, because the authorities have occupied all the public spaces in Budapest. We run a campaign to find an alternative to the current president of Hungary, who is plagued by well founded allegations of plagiarism. We also host a public debate on the contents of a new social contract – a must where nearly 60% of the electorate cannot name a party for which s/he would be willing to vote for.

I am afraid of repercussions. But I don’t have any other choice but to go forward.

 

Take care,

 

b.-

 

Interviews I gave to the Hungarian and international media:

 

kex — January 24, 2012 @ 9:47 am

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Búcsúzzunk a szakmai blogodtól, B? A múltkor is erről beszéltem.
Sajnálom, hogy amatőrből hivatásossá váltál. 🙁

De “40-something people” névsorára kíváncsi lennék. Csak a miheztartás végett, tedd már közkinccsé, légy szíves! 🙂

bodo — January 24, 2012 @ 10:49 am

Mit hívsz hivatásosnak? Hogy a politikából élnék? Nem élek abból, és nem is szeretnék abból élni. Hogy politikát csinálok? Szerintem most sajnos annak is politikai jelentése van, ha épp semmit nem csinálsz. Fogok-e, szeretnék-e intézményi hatalmat a kezembe? Nem. Ha ilyet akarnék, akkor nem Milláznék, hanem valamelyik pártban sertepertélnék. SZóval nem értem. A szervezőtársak meg vagy coming outolnak vagy nem, ez az ő döntésük.
Ahogy írtam, remélem, hogy hamarosan nem lesz rám a politikában szükség.

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