Zsolt Bayer is an influential newspaper editorialist and television talk-show host widely known in Hungary for his outspoken criticism of the Orbán government’s political opposition and for the anti-Gypsy, anti-Semitic and anti-migrant attitudes expressed in some of his published writings.
Bayer has been one of the main organizers of the pro-government Peace March demonstrations that have taken place in Budapest since January 2012.
Grew up and completed high school in Budapest. Attended Hungarian history department at the Eötvös Loránd University Teacher’s Training College in Budapest.
One of the 37 founding members of Fidesz in March 1988. Was the party’s press secretary from 1990 to 1993.
Began career as journalist in Budapest in the early 1990s, working for several newspapers including the tabloid Kurír and the liberal-left daily Népszabadság.
Served as chief advisor to the Millenium Government Commissioner’s Office during the first two years of the first Orbán government, 1998 to 2000.
Editorialist at the pro-Fidesz newspaper Magyar Nemzet from 2002 to 2007. Worked at state-owned Hungarian Television and Duna Television and the pro-Fidesz commercial television station Hír TV between 2000 and 2007.
Joined the Gábor Széles-owned newspaper Magyar Hírlap as editorialist and television station Echo TV as political talk-show host in 2007.
On August 18, 2016, Prime Ministry chief János Lázár presented Bayer with one of the most prestigious state awards in Hungary—the Hungarian Order of Merit Knight’s Cross (Magyar Érdemrend lovagkeresztje)—during a ceremony held at the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest (source in Hungarian).
See the following Orange Files translations of editorials that Bayer has published in the pro-Fidesz Magyar Hírlap since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán returned to power in 2010:
“The Same Stench” (Ugyanaz a bűz);
“Who Should Not Be?” (Ki ne legyen?);
“Letter to Vladimir Putin” (Levél Vlagyimir Putyinnak);
Last updated: June 27, 2018.