We will be gathering for a demonstration of solidarity with Hungary’s main opposition newspaper NÉPSZABADSÁG which was unexpectedly and viciously shut down, fueling concerns over a government crackdown on critical media.
Since the paper’s suspension, its journalists are not allowed to publish in any other media. The paper’s archives are also inaccessible.
Employees of NÉPSZABADSÁG are practically hostages of the publisher Mediaworks, which is suspected to be sold soon to a government-friendly investor.
We need to show solidarity with NÉPSZABADSÁG.
We also need to raise our voices for press freedom, a fundamental principle of the EU. No Member State have the right to oppress or silence critical voices! Let journalists do their jobs!
Please join us and bring your friends, colleagues along. If you want to join the preparations, you are most welcome!
If you have capacities, bring banners.
Our symbol for press freedom will be a pen in our hands, held up high. Please avoid rude or hate-messages – the point of this demo is to show solidarity, and not hostility!
See you on Wednesday 19 October at 13:00 at the entrance of the Berlaymont!