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New medium for Hungarian minority receives money from Orban.

The publisher, foundation Pro Media, does not consider it problematic.Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, indirectly contributed Pound 1.

5 million to Slovak foundation Pro Media which is considering issuing a new medium for the Hungarian minority, the aSj Szo daily reported.The foundation's administrator is Attila Puskas, who used to work at the press department of the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK).

This party was suspected of receiving money from Orban's government shortly before the 2016 parliamentary elections.The foundation does not consider the financing or Puskas' previous work a problem.

Money from the Hungarian governmentOne of the Pro Media's founders is Judit Molnar, editor-in-chief of the Hirek.sk news website and former editor-in-chief of now-defunct Szabad daily.

She confirmed for the Sme daily that they plan to start "some media project" for the Hungarian minority.She did not specify the periodicity, explaining they are considering several possibilities.

Currently, there are two media outlets issued for the Hungarian minority in Slovakia: aSj Szo and weekly Vasarnap. However, Molnar does not consider it enough.

She does not consider the money from Orban's government to be problematic. She has never experienced political pressures, not even in the position of Hirek.

sk's editor-in-chief. This news website is also financed by the Hungarian government, Sme wrote.

Apart from Molnar, two other Hungarian reporters, Karoly Kalvesdi and Peter Rajkovics, created the foundation last July. They are not currently active in the foundation, explaining they want to deal with executive matters.

They were replaced by Maria Hajak-Szabo, journalist of the Hungarian public-service radio Tibor Starovi, correspondent of the Hungarian state news agency and Tunde Neszmeri, former deputy editor-in-chief of Szabad aSjsag and the Felvidek.ma website, which is also close to SMK, aSj Szo wrote.

Molnar explains there should be people working for the Hungarian media in the foundation and it is important that they do not work for the Slovak outlets, Sme reported. 21. Feb 2018 at 20:28 |Compiled by Spectator staff

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