Thousands of people gathered in the centre of Budapest on Friday to protest Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the firing of the editor-in-chief of Hungary's biggest independent news outlet, Index.hu.
The rally began in front of Index.hu website's HQ, followed by a march that ended in front of the offices of Viktor Orban and President Janos Ader. Organisers estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 people took part in the protest.
«I shouldn't be here as a journalist today because it is an event organized by a party. In a normal situation, I should be there with my colleagues to cover the event, but this is not a normal country now and we are living in abnormal times. That's why I need to be here. And as soon as it's a normal country, I will be there next to my colleagues,» Balazs Gulyas, a journalist for Magyarhang website, told the crowd.
Dozens of journalists resigned on Friday from Index.hu, in the wake of the dismissal of its editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull.
According to reports, Index is considered the last major independent outlet in a country ranked the second-worst in the EU for allowing freedom of the press by Reporters Without Borders.
Orban's administration claimed that government interference in Index operation is «untrue accusations.»