Youtube censorship slams Hungary, deletes popular television station’s channel despite protests from country’s journalists

2020 protest in Budapest against Youtube censorship. (Pesti Srácok/Gyula Horváth)
By Dénes Albert
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Youtube has deleted a popular Hungarian news channel, PS TV, sparking a major backlash in the country, including from the country’s news publishers, which are decrying the extreme censorship.

According to a statement from the Hungarian National Media Association, “It is unacceptable that a platform provider established to broadcast media content should, in breach of its own contractual terms, remove the channel of a media service provider registered in Hungary, operating in full compliance with Hungarian law and publishing content that does not violate Hungarian law, without any explanation. We assure the editorial staff of our support and urge the publisher of Pesti Srácok to use all legal remedies against global censorship and show the world that the activities of platform providers can be tolerated.”

The statement, which was signed by almost the entire Hungarian national press, was published in solidarity with PestiSrá, which ran the PS TV Youtube channel before its deletion.

PestiSrá will protest against the media giant’s decision in front of Google’s headquarters in Buda on Friday at 5:00 p.m., and later in court. The move is reminiscent of Bolshevik methods used during the occupation of Hungary. It is truly shocking that Google, the company that runs Youtube, did not even inform the editorial office of the reason for the complete deletion of the very popular public video channel.

However, a Hungarian representative of the Big Tech company has since justified the brutal censorship in a press release, issued a few days later, on the grounds of “protecting children.”

Now, the issue is much more than a single editorial team fighting a global behemoth. The question is: Can we protect freedom of expression in Hungary? It is a truism in these pages that freedom of the press and freedom of speech are slowly becoming a Hungarian specialty. Not only has the Western world been overrun by the woke terror of opinion and the total media dictatorship of the liberal Bolsheviks, but little by little, the fresh air is being sucked out of Central Europe.

The media offensive of the globalist powers is uninterrupted from Warsaw to Bucharest, and the Soros media network, richly funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament, has bought its way into almost every corner. It is no coincidence that the citizens of the V4 and other central European countries, who until recently have been supportive of patriotic politics, are increasingly electing globalist governments (regardless of the specter of world war).

They have already been brainwashed.

After such precedents, the question must be asked again: What can we hope for from the tech giants, which are staffed by the people who hate us with all their hearts? Are we allowed to feed the beast with our clicks and content? The answer to this question has been the subject of heated debate on the right for years, and it would hardly be right to answer either yes or no to the question.

The solution may be somewhere in the middle: to be and stay where the public is looking for public content today, mainly on Youtube and Facebook, but to pay attention to forward-looking examples from abroad and also build our own platforms.

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