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Hungary’s largest progressive newspaper abruptly shut down, and free-press advocates are worried

Népszabadság, an opposition newspaper, abruptly closed operations in Budapest over the weekend, prompting concerns that Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, played a hand in the shutdown. The paper, which had been in print for six decades, was a fierce critic of the prime minister’s and had opposed the anti-refugee referendum that Orban was championing before it failed to pass earlier this weekend.

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The paper’s parent company said the closure was the result of poor circulation and part of a companywide reorganization. Still, the European Union said it is monitoring the situation closely, Bloomberg reports

[Photo: Népszabadság/Facebook]

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