Italian MEP, Barbara Spinelli, comments: ‘The Hungarian regime of Viktor Orbán is taking another step towards the progressive erosion of constitutional democracy in his country.’

‘Following a referendum pervaded by nationalistic and xenophobic undertones, after the interference of the executive power in the judiciary and in the constitutional court, and after the harassment suffered by several independent NGOs operating in Hungary, now we see the closure – albeit temporary – of an historic newspaper: the left-leaning daily, Népszabadság, together with its online edition,

‘The measure is deeply alarming, and happens in clear violation of the principles of free and pluralistic press enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights,’ Spinelli concludes. 


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