Govʼt eyeing another paper, Magyar Narancs says

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Tabloid Bors, the second biggest print newspaper in Hungary in terms of circulation, could be immersed into the ever-growing media empire of concerns connected closely to the country’s governing party Fidesz, Hungarian liberal weekly Magyar Narancs said today, citing unnamed sources.

Magyar Narancs says that the alleged move comes at a time when the current editor-in-chief of Bors, Ferenc Pallagi, will soon leave the paper after holding the position for ten years. Magyar Narancs recalls that Bors carried sensitive reports about a Fidesz politician’s traveling by helicopter to a wedding at the same time as the biggest left-leaning Népszabadság, since shut down, with its publisher now bought by a company said to be close to Fidesz

Hungarian online news portal index.hu recalls that the Fidesz-friendly media has recently been expanding. Magyar Idők, which replaced economic daily Napi Gazdaság, is widely regarded as a pro-government paper, index.hu says, while online news portal origo.hu was reported to have been acquired by Fidesz-friendly circles, as has the second biggest commercial channel TV2.

Similarly to Népszabadság publisher Mediaworks, which also owns a number 0f provincial papers, Lapcom, the Cayman Islands-registered publisher of Bors, also owns regional papers including Kisalföld and Délmagyarország. According to Magyar Narancs, Fidesz has already sent a delegation to London to negotiate the sale of the press portfolio.

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