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10th December, 2018

Conservative weekly starting up again



Staff of the defunct conservative weekly Heti Válasz plan to revive the publication online five months after it was shut down.

Led by former deputy editor András Bódis, staff plan to post investigative articles online on a daily basis.

Bódis told HVG that those who miss the weekly have provided adequate funds for launching the website.

Heti Válasz was closed by its owner Lajos Simicska when he gave up his media empire after the April elections.

An American businessman withdrew from purchasing the weekly as he realised that the publication made unprofitable by the government could not be a profitable with the political wind blowing against them, former editor Gábor Borókai said at the time.

He also wrote that the weekly was profitable in 2007-15, but lost 20% of its readers and 82% of its advertising revenue after Simicska fell out with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Former president László Sólyom has expressed support for the weekly.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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