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Ottó's world crumbles right in front of our eyes
Ottó's world crumbles right in front of our eyes

Photographer László Végh first met Ottó, a young Transylvanian shepherd boy, in 2008. Since then, he had been documenting his life and the disappearance of nomadic shepherding in a unique series of photographs.

Gergely Karácsony withdraws from opposition primaries, declares support for Péter Márki-Zay
Gergely Karácsony withdraws from opposition primaries, declares support for Péter Márki-Zay

At his joint press conference with Péter Márki-Zay, Gergely Karácsony announced that he was withdrawing from the race for the opposition's prime ministerial candidacy. Karácsony said he is shutting down his campaign with an easy heart, as he fully trusts nonpartisan candidate Péter Márki-Zay, asking his supporters to vote for him in the second round of the primaries.

Our stop at a checkpoint in Afghanistan turned into a gun show
Our stop at a checkpoint in Afghanistan turned into a gun show

Our frightening stop at one of the checkpoints near Kabul turned into a photo-op in little under an hour. The Taliban, who do not refrain from cruelty elsewhere, showed off their newly captured American weapons gleefully before leaving for the Panjshir front. Telex's report from Afghanistan.

Klára Dobrev wins first round of opposition primaries, Gergely Karácsony and Péter Márki-Zay still in the race
Klára Dobrev wins first round of opposition primaries, Gergely Karácsony and Péter Márki-Zay still in the race

DK's Klára Dobrev won the first round of the race for the prime ministerial candidacy of the Hungarian opposition, however, she will be up against Gergely Karácsony and Péter Márki-Zay in the second round.

He had never been to Serbia in his life, he did not know anyone there, and yet he was pushed-back there
He had never been to Serbia in his life, he did not know anyone there, and yet he was pushed-back there

Hasib, 24, came to Hungary to study three years ago. He was unable to continue his studies for financial reasons and had to decide whether to return to Afghanistan, where the Taliban had carried out several attacks on his relatives, or stay illegally. After a year and a half of illegality, he applied for asylum, but instead of consideration, the authorities detained him and forced him to Serbia, even though he has never been there and he does not speak the language.

I was detained by armed Afghan teens and saved from the Taliban by the Taliban
I was detained by armed Afghan teens and saved from the Taliban by the Taliban

We travelled to Afghanistan to see what kind of country its new, infamous overlords, the Taliban, are building. Crossing the border, our reporter found himself in a situation that seemed to confirm the ominous predictions, but an unexpected turn of events showed that this picture is more complex than one may imagine. We learned what Taliban leaders think of women, 9/11, and houseguests. Telex's report from Afghanistan.

Telex presented with another prestigious international award
Telex presented with another prestigious international award

The European Danube Academy and the Danube-Region and Central European Institute have presented Telex with the György Konrád award.

A mother wanted to send some jam, sausage, and cheese to her daughter in Scotland and lost 130 euros in the process
A mother wanted to send some jam, sausage, and cheese to her daughter in Scotland and lost 130 euros in the process

One Hungarian family seriously struggled through mailing food products to Great Britain. The family was charged duty fees and late-payment interest for the „entire” package, and no one is taking responsibility for the damage.

"I'm not afraid of death, I'm only afraid of the vaccine"
"I'm not afraid of death, I'm only afraid of the vaccine"

What do people think of the pandemic and vaccines in the two towns in Hungary where the highest and lowest portion of residents have received immunity cards? Video.

Why Orbán's "child protection referendum" makes no sense, and why it does
Why Orbán's "child protection referendum" makes no sense, and why it does

Shortly after the Hungarian law restricting LGBTQ+ content in media and education drew major international flak, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a referendum to defend it. At first glance, the questions seem a bit nonsensical, but a deeper inspection reveals that there is a certain rationale at work here. Analysis.

Dutch ambassador to Hungary: The anti-LGBTQ-law causes anguish in Hungarian families
Dutch ambassador to Hungary: The anti-LGBTQ-law causes anguish in Hungarian families

A law that conflates paedophilia and LGBTI issues is harmful, says Dutch ambassador René van Hell, who will leave Hungary at the end of August. He says that Hungarian politics is also a topic for the Dutch press. Although there are often disputes between the two countries, environmental protection is a common bond between the Netherlands and Hungary. Van Hell had no regrets about coming to Budapest as an ambassador and even traversed the country.

Hungary bans sale of books with LGBTQ+ content near churches and schools, orders plastic wraps on them elsewhere
Hungary bans sale of books with LGBTQ+ content near churches and schools, orders plastic wraps on them elsewhere

The Hungarian Government released the first detailed implementation decree to the recent anti-LGBTQ+ “Child Protection Act” which sparked major political controversy in Europe.

The mass resignation at Index.hu, as seen from the inside
The mass resignation at Index.hu, as seen from the inside

A year ago today, we walked out from our previous workplace, Index.hu, after editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull was suddenly terminated following a month-long struggle for the site's independence. In this video, our colleagues remember those tumultuous days.

What is Hungary’s procedure for secret surveillance?
What is Hungary’s procedure for secret surveillance?

Sándor Pintér, the Minister of Interior Affairs said that Hungary does not engage in unlawful secret surveillance. To precisely understand what that means, it is worth knowing how it works when it’s lawful.

Pegasus surveillance scandal: Hungarian ministers point fingers at each other
Pegasus surveillance scandal: Hungarian ministers point fingers at each other

Before Wednesday's cabinet meeting, we tried once more to get answers from members of the Hungarian government about the Pegasus surveillance scandal.

Viktor Orbán announces referendum on children in response to EU inquiries into Hungary's controversial anti-LGBT law
Viktor Orbán announces referendum on children in response to EU inquiries into Hungary's controversial anti-LGBT law

The referendum will include five questions concerning the so-called "Child Protection Act" adopted in June, over which the European Commission had launched three separate proceedings.

President of the Hungarian Bar Association and several other lawyers targeted with Israeli spyware Pegasus
President of the Hungarian Bar Association and several other lawyers targeted with Israeli spyware Pegasus

It seems not even client-attorney privilege could save lawyers from surveillance. János Bánáti, the President of the Hungarian Bar Association was targeted during the trial of a consequential murder case, while another lawyer became a target when he ran against a candidate of Fidesz for the mayoral office of a small town at the last municipal elections.

Hungarian government not keen on answering questions about the Pegasus surveillance scandal
Hungarian government not keen on answering questions about the Pegasus surveillance scandal

Telex tried asking several prominent members of the Hungarian governing party Fidesz about the wiretapping of several critics of Viktor Orbán's government, however, we did not receive substantive answers from the politicians behind cordons and policemen.

Hungarian journalists and critics of Orbán were targeted with Pegasus, a powerful Israeli cyberweapon
Hungarian journalists and critics of Orbán were targeted with Pegasus, a powerful Israeli cyberweapon

Hungarian targets include media owner Zoltán Varga and his acquaintances, the son and lawyer of former oligarch Lajos Simicska, and several investigative reporters.

Fidesz bracing for a tight election race in 2022 as Orbán makes it rain
Fidesz bracing for a tight election race in 2022 as Orbán makes it rain

As the opposition alliance prepares for the primaries, Fidesz is set to give unprecedented handouts to the voting population in early 2022, right before the elections. However, this effort to garner support is likely to face some considerable objections.

Hungarian Deputy PM: Homosexuality is a sin
Hungarian Deputy PM: Homosexuality is a sin

Following up on the latest Hungarian anti-LGBT legislation that caused political turmoil in the EU, we asked members of the Hungarian government about the law's details and how they would respond if someone in their political community came out as gay.

Portrayal and promotion – Hungary's latest anti-LGBT law, explained
Portrayal and promotion – Hungary's latest anti-LGBT law, explained

Last Tuesday, the Hungarian parliament adopted legislation that prohibited sharing LGBT content with minors and limited sexual education in schools. Since then, 17 EU member states condemned the law in a joint statement and Ursula von der Leyen vowed to use all powers of the European Commission to protect the rights of EU citizens. But what is this law, and how does it fit into the Hungarian government’s anti-LGBT agenda?

Hungary wants EU funds, but only on its own terms
Hungary wants EU funds, but only on its own terms

What is the RRF, this hard-to-grasp abbreviation the meaning of which changed many times recently, what does it have to do with rule of law, and why doesn't the Hungarian government want any of what many call "free money?" A crash course on the political dimensions of the EU's Reconstruction Fund.

The oppressed white man and the genderfluid toddler: How did politics turn into a battle of identities?
The oppressed white man and the genderfluid toddler: How did politics turn into a battle of identities?

In the olden days, the political discourse was about tax systems, state budgets, and other similarly boring topics, however, today's politicians are more preoccupied with which bathrooms people use and how patriotic they are. The latest episode of Telexikon examines how politics turned into an identity-based mud-flinging contest.

Telex's second transparency report
Telex's second transparency report

It is not considered common practice for a media company in Hungary to disclose in a manner more detailed than how much money it has and how it is spent. However, since our story is by no means conventional and the fact that Telex runs on funds we've received from supporters, it seemed only obvious that we would disclose the details of our management and strategy to the public.

Karácsony: The Fudan project is Fidesz's ultimate moral suicide
Karácsony: The Fudan project is Fidesz's ultimate moral suicide

Thousands gathered in Budapest on Saturday to protest the construction of the Chinese Fudan University's Hungarian campus, which would cost the country €1.3 billion and jeopardise an ongoing affordable student housing project in southern Budapest. Video report from the protest.

"We don't care much about mortality stats – we already transported the bodies the previous day."
"We don't care much about mortality stats – we already transported the bodies the previous day."

"Transporter." This is all they say when people ask them about what they do for a living. Some quit after their first day on the job, others make the transition rather smoothly from being a cab driver, a chef, or a waiter – jobs that were all hard-hit by the pandemic. Télizöld Funeral Services allowed us a rare glimpse into the daily realities of their job.

The European Union as an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone
The European Union as an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone

Despite the progress achieved over recent decades, the equality of LGBTIQ people remains elusive. Opinion piece by Helena Dalli, the European Union Commissioner for Equality.

Hungary’s first memorial woodland — will Budapest have one soon?
Hungary’s first memorial woodland — will Budapest have one soon?

The first — and for the moment, only — memorial woodland in Hungary is in Agostyán, about 30 miles northwest of Budapest. Here, the ashes of the deceased can be buried in biodegradable urns among the roots of the trees — you can choose a tree that fits the life or character of the deceased. This is not the place for kitsch burial accoutrements: here it is all about keeping close to nature. A similar memorial woodland is planned in Budapest, but that may take a while.

Orbán's Chinese vaccine gamble seems to have paid off
Orbán's Chinese vaccine gamble seems to have paid off

At the time Hungary started using Sinopharm's vaccine to immunize the elderly, there was no way to know how effective or safe it was. Since then, WHO approved the Chinese jab, and Orbán seems to have scored an important communications goal against the opposition – but was he right, or was he lucky?