In Hungary's Roma segregates, misinformation is more dangerous than Covid-19

Covid-19 has not spared disadvantaged communities, there were villages where everyone was infected at some point or another. Despite the danger, vaccine refusal is high due to fake news and misinformation spreading faster than the virus itself.

MEP Tamas Deutsch: Fidesz and Telex are doing the same thing

Interview with Tamás Deutsch, a co-founder of the Fidesz party helps to understand the mindset of Fidesz in key areas of the political game.

Hungary to decide on second phase of reopening after hitting 3 million vaccinations goal

After taking the first step in Hungary's gradual reopening plan on Wednesday, the government now plans to ease restrictions even further, although the Hungarian Medical Chamber advises against a premature reopening.

The first six months of Telex in numbers

Telex just turned six months old. On that occasion, we are taking a look at how far we have come in half a year thanks to our readers and supporters.

Freedom of information can save lives – open letter from 28 editorial offices

Since the government and the health authorities prevent reports being made about the true state of affairs inside our hospitals, many people continue to play down the dangers of the pandemic and do not follow the necessary precautions.

Soccer commentator’s dismissal sounds a clear warning

The government-friendly TV2 group has justified the sacking of the former national football player János Hrutka as part of the rejuvenation of its commentating team. However, Hrutka’s dismissal came shortly after he had spoken up for the footballer Péter Gulácsi, who has been defending rainbow families. In other countries commentators are thrown out for racist or sexist comments, but in Hungary it is a different story.

The trail of litter along the Tisza: from Ukraine to Hungary

A ton of garbage makes its way to Hungary every year along the Tisza. The main source of the problem is in Transcarpathia, Ukraine, but there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution to the matter. This is a complex economic, environmental, and social issue – one which we present in a short documentary film on Telex.

They wanted to steal the project, but I wrote a letter to Viktor Orbán and he made a wise decision

One of the biggest container terminals in Europe is under construction in a village near Hungary’s borderwith Ukraine. Financed mainly by a company belonging to a secretive billionaire, when it opens next year it will be the gateway on the New Silk Road for rail freight coming from China.

200.000 euros have arrived for Telex

It's the donation of the czech publishing company, Economia.

Orbán’s influence on the media is without rival in Hungary

Over the past few weeks, the state of Hungary’s media has become the focus of intense public debate both domestically and across Europe. After the exclusively Fidesz-chaired Media Council revoked the oppositional Klubrádió’s frequency for bureaucratic reasons, the freedom of the Hungarian press, alongside that of the Polish and Slovenian press, once again came under scrutiny in the European Parliament.

The last two refugees from the transit zone who don't want to flee from Hungary

An Iranian refugee and his young son managed to keep their sanity during their one and a half year detainment in Hungary by making a movie together within the barbed wire enclosure.

We just want a vaccine — it doesn’t matter which one

There is a village in Hungary, Tápszentmiklós, where people are vaccinated only with Chinese vaccines, especially after they have been informed: in the hospital in Győr, the back of the ventilator also says that Made in China.

Five important consequences of the opposition’s battle royale and unification

When it comes to Hungary’s 2022 elections, one thing is for sure: the six opposition parties will be running with joint candidates on a single electoral list against that of Fidesz-KDNP. But what will the pre-selection be like? What are the advantages and disadvantages of pre-selection? Political analysis on Telex.

What’s Up, WhatsApp? The opaque world of online ads

WhatsApp achieved something remarkable: it changed nothing and quite a lot at the same time. It's owner, Facebook does not guarantee encryption if your data is in the hands of a third party, even if it is used for ad targeting on Facebook itself. The online ad industry may just be reaching the point that was 2008 for exotic financial assets.

Gyurcsany will be the new Soros

Fidesz could be at a disadvantage if the opposition manages to present the 2022 election as a referendum on Orbán. So Fidesz needs to frame the choice differently.

Telex receives prestigious international award

Telex won this year’s #ALLForJan award. The news site’s staff was recognized with the international prize based on their advocacy of the freedom of the press and their work over the past several months.

Parliament extends COVID-19 ‘state of danger’ again

The Hungarian parliament has extended the ‘state of danger’ legislation by a two thirds majority on Monday. On the government side 133 MPs voted in favour, while no one from the opposition benches gave their support.

The propaganda minister’s land scandal that was too much even for Orbán

The 1.6 billion HUF deal of Antal Rogán's wife has fallen through.

Why Fidesz faces a tight race in 2022

At present, it is impossible to predict with confidence who will be the winner of the Hungarian parliamentary elections in 2022. But the opposition may have a realistic chance of winning the Hungarian elections.

Hungarian diplomat covers up DUI accident in Vienna

An influential Hungarian diplomat caused an accident while driving drunk in Vienna. His children were in the back, and he refused the evidentiary breathalyser. However, the incident had no consequences in Austria or Hungary.

Szabolcs Dull joins Telex

From this point forward, Veronika Munk and Szabolcs Dull will be leading Telex together as editors-in-chief.

'One week, she is still cooking for you, the next, you are picking her belongings up at the hospital'

Petra Tóth's mother died of complications arising from COVID-19 in little under a week. Tamás Busák spent 44 days in the hospital, and he was on a ventilator for 17. Barbara Balás is one of the few women who were pregnant at the time of contracting the coronavirus, and she had to undergo a C-section prematurely. Hungarians whose lives were affected by the coronavirus told us about their experiences.

Son of Viktor Orbán graduates from RMA Sandhurst, Hungary foots the bill

We discovered that the Hungarian Prime Minister's son has just graduated from one of the top military academies in the world and the roughly €100,000 training fee was paid by the Ministry of Defence. When we inquired about this at the government's weekly press conference, the spokesperson changed our question, removing any mention of Gáspár Orbán.

2021 is shaping up to be Viktor Orbán's toughest year to date

A recession of historic proportions, a significant loss of popularity, rule of law mechanism, a hostile US administration, a new German chancellor, and an opposition challenger – the Hungarian Prime Minister will have to face a number of difficulties this year, and he has work to do within his own party as well.

How COVID-19 challenged decades-old taboos of economics

Here comes Telexikon, Telex’s infovideo-series. In the first episode, we present the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the world economy, show why this is a peculiar crisis and what long-term effects the pandemic can have on economic practices.

Are sexual minorities the 'new migrants' of Hungary?

In recent times, the Hungarian governing party has been increasingly inciting anti-LGBTQ sentiments both in communication and in legislation – could sexual minorities be Fidesz's new bogeymen at the 2022 general elections?

Why would you give money to women?

The Minister for the Families is right: We are smaller, our upkeep is lower.

Minister for the Families to women: Don't worry about the gender pay gap, be happy you get to take care of others

"Do not believe that every waking moment of our lives must be spent with comparing ourselves to men and that we should work in at least the same position, for at least the same pay they do,” Katalin Novák explained.

Berlin, Warsaw, and Budapest reach agreement on rule of law conditionality and the EU budget

Bloomberg reports that Poland, Hungary, and current EU President Germany have reached a deal on the budget veto: A legally binding addendum to the rule of law mechanism will clarify how the regulation would be applied. The draft text is not yet public, but it looks like the EU could have a budget by Friday.

Orbán: There is a good chance of winning the fight over the EU budget

Even though the German EU Affairs Minister says negotiations cannot be reopened and the rule of law conditionality must be implemented as soon as possible, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was optimistic after a surprise meeting with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw.