Thursday, 28 November 2013


Here we go again!
PAI: grim news in Hungarian media
Budapest's finest called in

The Pető Institute recently enjoyed an unprecedented wave of favourable (and uncritical) media support and political interest. Then a month ago every thing went silent.

Story played out, fuss over, happy ending? Or another media and political phenomenon, well know to those who have enjoyed a bubble of public acclaim. Such bubbles tend to burst. When they do, those who recently ran so enthusiastically alongside, howling your praises, start yapping and biting at your heels. This is so common as to be almost lawful. Worst case scenario: the pack brings you down and start tearing at your flesh. Tell me about it.

Today the Magyar media silence is well and truly broken:

So far all the papers are publishing more of less of the same report. Here are a few key words –

...embezzlement, misappropriation of funds and a reasonable suspicion of forgery... staff have denounced the management to prosecution and police... five financial directors in three years... kitchen receipts... foreign earnings... tax... church funds... donations not paid into accounts... eleven points of complaint in all...

I am still not at all clear about what is going on, and I am not at all certain about the period of time over which all this is supposed to have happened.

But this story has surely only begun.

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Anonymous Andrew said...


From yesterday's Népszava ('Voice of the People')

Links to copies of three documents (including the eleven points):

Népszava is a prestigious national left-liberal political newspaper, somewhat akin to the Guardian in the UK.

Friday, 29 November 2013 at 09:45:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

Further development of this story (11 December):

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:10:00 GMT  

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