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Hungary Had the World's First Broadcast News, But Does it Have a Free Press?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2012 | (17:38)

Communication is under threat in Hungary, with opposition radio stations shut down by Viktor Orbán's centre-to-rather-further-right ruling Fidesz party. Hunger strikers gather outside the imposing MTV building (that's Magyar Television, of course) on Szabadsag Square. As I prepared to leave Budapest this week, tens of thousands of people...

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Protests With Meaning - Here's What We Should be Doing

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2011 | (20:41)

This week's London student protest was disappointingly peaceful. That seems to be all anybody has to say about it. After predictions of violence and recycled riot photos, we were let down flat by a protest that was, well, just a protest.

There's hardly any news coverage for a legal,...

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British Summer Time (we Need all we can get)

(3) Comments | Posted 31 October 2011 | (20:16)

'Saving Daylight' by putting the clocks back makes about as much sense as 'saving money' by spending all you have in the sales.

This Sunday morning I woke up at 5am to catch a train. It wasn't light, and it wasn't pleasant. But it was nothing like the crushing depression...

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Merkel: the Eurozone's Much-Needed Manipulator

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2011 | (14:39)

Godwin's law states that in any internet conversation, no matter the subject, someone will eventually mention the Nazis. It's called the Reductio ad Hitlerum, and it tends to be the sign that the debate has descended into trollish insignificance, sound and fury.

I think that's why my knee-jerk reaction to...

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