Magyar Nemzet

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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founder(s) Sándor Petheő
Founded 1938; 78 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 fused with the other conservative daily Napi Magyarország in April 2000.

Magyar Nemzet is regarded as part of conservative media which intensified in the country in 2010.[2] Its editorials often speak out against the socialist and liberal parties, Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ).

Magyar Nemzet is published in broadsheet format.[3] Its major rival is Népszabadság, the former communist party newspaper, 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.[4]


The circulation of Magyar Nemzet was 132,000 copies in January 1989 and 121,000 copies in January 1991.[5] The paper had a circulation of 70,000 copies in July 1992 and 55,000 copies in March 1993.[5] Its circulation was 41,000 copies in 1998.[6] The paper had a circulation of 64,209 copies in 2009, making it the fifth best-selling daily in the country.[1] However, the paper lost one-third of its readers between 2005 and 2010.[7] During the same period the visitors of its website also declined.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Communicating Europe: Hungary Manual" (PDF). 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. ^ Péter Bajomi-Lázár. "The Business of Ethics, the Ethics of Business" (PDF). Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Hungarian press BBC.
  5. ^ a b Marina Popescu; Gábor Tóka (2000). "Campaign Effects in the 1994 and 1998 Parliamentary Elections in Hungary" (Conference paper). ECPR. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Mihály Gálik; Beverly James (1999). "Ownership and control of the Hungarian press". The Public. 6 (2). Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Borbála Tóth (5 January 2012). "Mapping digital media. Hungary" (PDF). Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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