Even as it provides support for Iraq’s battle to retake Mosul, the U. S. led-coalition is laying the groundwork to push Islamic State militants out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, U. S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
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The deal, announced on the website of the Budapest Stock Exchange, seemed to confirm concerns that the sale of Mediaworks, publisher of the leftist Nepszabadsag and many other newspapers and magazines, would further diminish press diversity and increase the influence of Orban's government over Hungarian media.
Egyutt (Together), a small opposition party, said that as a result of the purchase of Mediaworks, Hungary's "freedom of the press is being eliminated at a (Vladimir) Putin- and (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan-like tempo," in reference to the presidents of Russia and Turkey.
Since returning to power in 2010, Orban has exerted strong state influence over practically all aspects of Hungarian life.
The government has extended its business activities, from textbook publishing to energy supplies, and state media, always under political control to some degree, has been turned wholeheartedly into a government propaganda machine.