The vast majority of journalists at popular Hungarian news site Index resigned Friday, two days after the editor-in-chief was dismissed from his post.
Szabolcs Dull lost his job after last month issuing a public message that “Index is under such external pressure that [it] could spell the end of our editorial staff as we know it.”
The move led over 70 staffers to quit the publication, and fueled new fears about the future of Hungary’s embattled independent media, with European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová raising concerns about the situation at the news site.
“For years, we’ve been saying that there are two conditions for the independent operation of Index: that there be no external influence on the content we publish or the structure and composition of our staff,” Index staff wrote in a message posted on the site Friday.
“Firing Szabolcs Dull has violated our second condition. His dismissal is a clear interference in the composition of our staff, and we cannot regard it any other way but as an overt attempt to apply pressure on Index.hu,” they added.
A demonstration entitled “Free country, free press” has been called in Budapest for Friday evening, with opposition parties listed as organizers. A few thousand Hungarians have signaled on social media that they plan on attending.
Hungary’s largest print daily, Népszabadság, shut down in 2016.
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