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Huge press freedom rally in Budapest after top daily closed

A protest by journalists of Hungary's biggest opposition newspaper Nepszabadsag and their supporters in Budapest on October 16, 2016Several thousand people marched in Budapest Sunday to demand press freedom and protest against the sudden closure of Hungary’s top-selling political daily Nepszabadsag which had criticised the government. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been attacked abroad for clamping down on opposition as well as for stifling basic freedoms and the paper’s closure is viewed by critics as the latest example of his crackdown. The marchers, numbering between 2,000 and 3,000 according to an AFP estimate, shouted slogans such as “They are stealing our freedom!” and held up banners like “Stop the dictatorship of Fidesz”, the ruling party.

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