Magyar Nemzet

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Magyar Nemzet
Type Daily newspaper
Founder(s) Sándor Petheő
Founded 1938; 76 years ago (1938)
Political alignment Conservative
Language Hungarian

Magyar Nemzet is a major Hungarian newspaper published in Hungary. Its name literally means "Hungarian nation".

History and profile[edit]

Magyar Nemzet, a moderate conservative daily, was founded by Sándor Petheő in 1938.[1] The paper is regarded as part of conservative media which intensified in the country in 2010.[2] It fused with the other conservative daily Napi Magyarország in April 2000.

The current newspaper is often considered to be close to Fidesz, and often voices support for this party, led by Viktor Orbán. Its editorials often speak out against the socialist and liberal parties, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ).

Its major rival is Népszabadság, the (former communist party) newspaper that mostly supported the former socialist MSZP/SZDSZ government. Magyar Nemzet's editorials often complain about bias of the more readily available Népszabadság and the former government's de facto censorship by cutting off funds for conservative news [3]

Its circulation was 41,000 copies in 1998.[4] The paper had a circulation of 64,209 copies in 2009, making it the fifth most read daily in the country.[1] However, the paper lost one-third of its readers between 2005 and 2010.[5] During the same period the visitors of its website also declined.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Communicating Europe: Hungary Manual". European Stability Initiative. December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Daiva Repeckaite. "Independent Journalism under Increasing Threat in Hungary". Equal Times. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Hungarian press BBC.
  4. ^ Mihály Gálik; Beverly James (1999). "Ownership and control of the Hungarian press". The Public 6 (2). Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Borbála Tóth (5 January 2012). "Mapping digital media. Hungary". Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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