On May 8, the government’s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) fined the newspaper Magyar Hírlap 250,000 forints (850 euros) for the January 5, 2013 publication of staff journalist Zsolt Bayer’s editorial “Ki ne legyen?” (Who Should Not Be?), which the authority’s Media Council said had violated paragraph 17 of Media Law CIV prohibiting media content that could serve to inspire hatred or ostracism of “any nation, community, national, ethnic, linguistic or other minority or any majority or religious community.”
Bayer, one of the 37 founding members of Fidesz and one of the most prominent voices in the pro-government media, wrote the editorial in reference to the knife wounding of two athletes—Budapest MTK sports club boxer Gergő Sávoly and Szigetszentmiklós Sports Club wrestler Roland Gergő Bozsány—during a fight with Gypsies in the restroom of a night club in the village of Szigethalom, just south of Budapest, early on New Year’s Day morning.
It was the first time that the NMHH’s Media Council had ever imposed such a fine since the Orbán government’s Media Law CIV went into effect on January 1, 2011 (source in Hungarian). Below is an Orange Files translation of a major portion of the editorial (source in Hungarian). Note that the Cozma affair refers to the February 8, 2009 stabbing death of Romanian handball player Marian Cozma during a fight with Gypsies outside a bar in Veszprém (central Hungary):
The year 2013 started with another Cozma affair. The only difference is that the victims are not internationally known athletes, but “only” top youth athletes. Whom the cowardly, disgusting, noxious animals knifed.
The above sentence will be the cause of bogus indignation. Which is much easier, much more lucrative and generates more profit in the politically correct world than facing the facts.
These are the facts: a significant portion of the Gypsy population is not fit for coexistence. It is not fit for living among people. These Gypsies are animals and behave as animals. They want to rut with whomever they see whenever and wherever they see them. If they meet with resistance, they kill. They relieve themselves whenever and wherever the need comes over them. If they feel they are being prevented from doing this, they kill. They want what they see. If they don’t get it immediately, they take it away and kill. These Gypsies are incapable of any kind of communication that could be called human. Most often inarticulate sounds surge forth from their animal skulls and the only thing they understand in this miserable world is violence. Meanwhile the half of the Gypsy population that has turned animal utilizes the “achievements” of the idiotic western world. Everybody take a look at how these “subsistence criminals” pose on Facebook with weapons in their hands, half-kilo golden necklaces around their necks and an “I’ll do you in at any moment, you stupid Hungarian peasant” expression on their faces. Take a look at the rat who stabbed Gergő Sávoly and his buddies on Facebook: you will see that all three of them are potential killers. Eo ipso killers. You don’t need to tolerate and understand, but retaliate. And it is here that the politically correct part of the idiotic western world commits its gravest sin. It pretends out of pure, calculating self-interest that these animals can be tolerated for any reason, that they are understandable, even admirable, as if they deserve any kind of respect and human dignity. And the most horrible thing about this whole nightmare is that in just a few moments they totally ruin the chances of the normal half of the Gypsy population. When Gergő Oláh won X-Factor, I thought well here, now you have it, what a beautiful and resounding answer the people gave to all the scoundrels who call Hungarians racist when they voted this talented, nice, modest Gypsy who movingly arose from the depths to become the contest’s winner. And I also thought that this extremely likeable Gypsy young man who emerged from the depths himself did more to alleviate the Gypsy-Hungarian conflict than all the “civil rights” scum bags put together. Then came New Year’s Eve and along came some forty rotten animal Gypsies, among them a certain János Jónás, and they set about killing. Because they couldn’t go immediately into the john when the need came over them. Because they would have had to wait for two minutes. Because. . . . There is no because. They did it because they are not people. Because they draw knives right away, even if there are forty of them, and stab. In the heart, often one time after another. Good Lord, how intolerable all this is, how it destroys everything that is human. And how there is no room here for excuses or tolerance of any kind!
In fining Magyar Hírlap for publishing Who Should Not Be?, the Fidesz-appointed Media Council was following the letter of the law prohibiting hate speech in the Hungarian Media. However, the minimal size of the fine—one percent of the maximum 25 million forints in such cases—and the Orbán government’s steadfast refusal to distance itself from Bayer, one of its most loyal and influential supporters, causes one to wonder if the Media Council’s primary motive in imposing the penalty was not to punish the illegal dehumanization of Gypsies, but to provide itself with suitable grounds to rebuff charges of pro-Fidesz partisanship if in the future it takes such action against the opposition media.