December 12th, 2011

MTV officials go on hunger strike over “airbrushing” case

MTV in-house union chief Balázs Navarro Nagy began a hunger strike outside the channel’s headquarters on Saturday afternoon to protest the lack of punishment for those guilty of blurring out the face of former chief judge Zoltán Lomnici in a recent news report.

Nagy said the leaders of the state-run television station were the real culprits, adding that state news agency MTI and the Media Authority “are pointing their fingers at each other” while the real culprits remain in their posts.

Another union vice-president Aranka Szávuly joined Nagy on Saturday afternoon, while MTV production unit leader Sándor Patakfalvi joined them on Sunday.
Last week three MTV employees were reprimanded for their part in the controversy.

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  • C’est Moi

    Hunger Strike, for this, really? Maybe self-immolation might help you get your point across.

  • Paul

    Blimey, state-broadcasters in “We do have a conscience” shocker. That’ll not go very far.

    I guess MTI will be giving this one a miss in their reporting of the various events in Orbanistan.

  • Humphster

    A hunger strike is better than nothing. You go, guys.

    • Leto

      Yes, go on, you fat bastards. Lose some weight.

      • Viking

        This is a similar statement from ‘leto’, like the time students went on a fast/hunger-strike a couple of weeks ago, always ignoring the reason for the actions, just making fun of the action as such
        Showing compassion and empathy as usual

        Funny that ‘leto’ of course pre-2009 was demanding Gyurcsány’s resignation even if a garbage truck was driving against red light…

        • justasking

          @Viking,

          “Showing compassion”

          Really? You don’t think these guys reaction are a little extreme to say the least? Going on a hunger strike because they feel that a harsher reprimand should have been dealt?

          I shudder to think what these individuals would do, if say, one of their STAT holidays was taken away? Give you head s shake Viking, your just taking this stand because of what Leto said…empathy, indeed!

          Hell, if I had my way, I’d show up at 2 in the morning, with a large pizza, oozing with cheese (and no, not that shit pizza you find in Hungary, a real pizza) plop my ass down, and eat it in front of them.

          How’s that for compassion and empathy?

          • Leto

            “How’s that for compassion and empathy?”

            Sounds like great compassion and empathy to me.. Maybe I’d change the pizza bit to “csülök Pékné módra”. :D

          • Viking

            justasking says:
            December 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

            You don’t think these guys reaction are a little extreme to say the least? Going on a hunger strike because they feel that a harsher reprimand should have been dealt?

            Of course and I also thought that of the student’s hunger-strike, but that was never the question
            For some reason hunger-strike seem to be on the mood in Hungarian politics, to get attention for something

            ‘leto’s’ trend is obvious, if any protest/demand can be interpreted against Orban, it must be bad, even if we all know that ‘leto’ belonged to the people who demanded Gyurcsány’s resignation whatever was wrong
            Fidesz has always advocated that the responsibility always goes straight to the top, at least before they won the elections in 2010

            That is what I ‘needle’ leto’ about and there ‘leto’s’ comments come in handy
            If this would have been something that could be interpreted as anti-Gyurcsány, ‘leto’ would be all over the place offering support for the ‘Courageous Hunger-Strikers’

            And I honestly think we should all respect people’s right to protest as long as they do it in a civilised manner, but both you and ‘leto’ seem to have a small problem with that?
            Or why challenge these protesters with food?
            Maybe the responsibility never should reach the top, at least nowadays?

          • justasking

            @Viking,

            “people’s right to protest as long as they do it in a civilised manner, but both you and ‘leto’ seem to have a small problem with that?”

            I never said that, so stop trying to put words in my mouth. I just think that going on hunger strike should be held out for more ‘serious issues’. Protesting with signs to me, would have been a more appropriate way of protesting a reprimand.

            It’s like crying wolf all the time…soon nobodies going to pay attention to people who do go on hunger strikes for ‘legitimate issues’.

          • Viking

            justasking says:
            December 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

            I never said that, so stop trying to put words in my mouth

            Well, you are trying to put food in other people’s mouth, so…

            As I wrote for my background I also think that for this type of issues hunger-strike is a bit over the top
            Must be an Hungarian thing

          • Pete H.

            Better than the likes of you who fiddle while Hungarian democracy crumbles.

          • justasking

            @Viking,

            “Well, you are trying to put food in other people’s mouth, so…”

            I had no intention of sharing :D

            ——–

            “Must be an Hungarian thing”

            Must be…I remeber awhile back, Pava writing…’Hungarians get hot first, then cold’…how bloody accurate was that?

          • justasking

            @Peti,

            “Better than the likes of you who fiddle while Hungarian democracy crumbles”

            Yes, yes, we all know…you and your lot are the only ‘truth’…under anybody else’s watch, the World goes to hell in a hand basket.

            Christ, are you ever a depressing person.

  • olga

    Pete H

    Farkas Laszlo wote: \“The one party majority allows for sweeping legislative changes and a bold new direction. \

    Look what’s happening in the USA when Obama is paralyzed by Congress and spinning his wheels, maybe FL is right about giving Orban a chance and the voters can get rid of him in 2014 if they feel he failed to deliver his mandate

    WE have a Conservative majority and it’s the same old song here because people get nervous with a majority government and \too much power\ but despite my being a Liberal, Harper won the election and want to give this gov’t a chance because bitching and moaning constantly is counter productive. No one on this website \likes\ Orban ( maybe FL does) but it appears to be either love or hate which doesn’t sound very objective.

    I am copying 3 paragraphs from an article published in one of our leading national newspapers – easy to find the full article on line but I only wanted to post the paragraphs that could easily have been written in Hungary if you just change some minor details.

    NEIL REYNOLDS
    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s most powerful of all?
    From Monday’s Globe and Mail
    Published Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 2:00AM EST

    – Journalists are anxiously telling people these days that Stephen Harper is the most powerful prime minister in Canadian history – and warning of dire consequences to our ancient freedoms. Among other things, they cite his centralization of power, his dominance of Parliament and his control of his own party. Opposition MPs predictably agree – some of them profanely. Are we witnessing a parliamentary coup? Or are we merely witnessing parliamentary competence? Should we be worried?

    – The prime minister’s powers are nowhere written. These “prerogative powers” are simply traditional: the power to pardon; the power to declare war; the power to summon, prorogue or dissolve Parliament. It was silly for the opposition to go squirrelly when Mr. Harper prorogued Parliament for strategic purposes. His right to do so was absolute, his reason irrelevant.

    – Democracy is for elections; governing is something else altogether. Yet, Mr. Harper holds his powers, elaborate as they are, only with the consent of his own colleagues. MPs are nobodies, Pierre Trudeau once said, when they’re 100 yards from Parliament Hill. Assembled in the House of Commons, though, they retain a superior power – in a parliamentary sense, the right to regicide.

  • Pete H.
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