Crisis Reporting – Media Workshop via is putting on a Media Workshop about Crisis Reporting.

Time: 2:30 pm – Wednesday, 1 June
Location: Gödör Klub (1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér).

The event is open to public! Please RSVP at

The workshop will be moderated by Ferenc Hammer, media sociologist, and will examine the media coverage of the recent Gyöngyöspata events. The event is organized with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Runa Hellinga, a journalist from the Netherlands.


Élő Anita (Heti Válasz)
Gavra Gábor (Hírszerző)
Magyari Péter (Index)
Papinot Ferenc (Sosinet) és
Tódor János (MaNcs, ÉS, Amaro Drom)

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A “Demonstration against Gypsy Terror” will be held on Saturday evening at 6, in Hejőszalonta, with the participation of far right Jobbik MPs. The town is about 160kms east of Budapest.

The local Roma are asking us to join them and form a HUMAN CHAIN around the Roma neighborhood of the town to protect those living there.

A woman was recently murdered in Hejőszalonta and far right Jobbik MPs published a statement that she was a victim of gypsy crime. They have called on people to join them if they want to put an end to gypsy terror. The speakers will include 3 Jobbik MPs and other Jobbik politicians.

Join us in forming a human shield! We are meeting at Blaha Lujza Tér at 3pm. The police will be informed that we are going.

Please sign up at this link and indicate if you have car:

Dear All, today we distributed:

114 kilos of flour
106 kilos of potatoes
56 kilos of pasta
61 kilos of rice
30 kilos of sugar
10 kilos of onions
10 liters of milk
4 liters of oil
100 cans of food
90 cans of májkrém
1 loaf of bread
6 packs of coffee
6 bottles of soda
6 bags of chips
1  each of:  cheese, margarine, nutella, cookies, pudding, babapiskóta

–amongst the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many thanks to all who contributed. =)

Sunday Solidarity Picnic in Gyöngyöspata

[UPDATE: If the weather turns out to be non-picnic-conducive, we will cancel the picnic. But please BRING FOOD TO BLAHA anyway, and we will take it to Gyöngyöspata.]

A Solidarity Picnic with the local Roma community.

In addition to ingredients for the goulash, please bring basic food items like potatoes, flour, canned food, pasta, etc. — the 115 Roma families really need FOOD right now! Many spent their money on leaving town while the Gárda was there, and others hosted groups of people who went to their community to show solidarity.

So please support this picnic:
1. Come with us to Gyöngyöspata – bring as much as you can of the items listed above.
2. Bring food to the meeting point – we’ll take it if you cant come.

WHEN? Sunday, 20 March, NOON.
WHERE? Blaha Lujza Ter parking lot, next to the bus 7 stop.
HOW? By car. Bring yours if you have one.

We’ll be returning to Budapest in the evening.

Join the AI Protest on Mar 21st outside the Hungarian Ministry of Interior

On 21 March Amnesty International ( will hold a peaceful demonstration to show support to all communities that suffer from racist violence worldwide.

We also want to show our solidarity, through a silent candle-lighting, with the Hungarian Roma community that has been threatened not only by widespread social discrimination, but also by the increasing number of life-endangering, racist threats of violence.

Join us and light a candle. In case You want to participate as staff at the event, contact us at:

Write a personal letter!

You can find updates on our work at:

Our report on violent attacks against Roma in Hungary:

We believe it is unacceptable that hate speech is tolerated in the Hungarian political and public discourse, and that the number of violent attacks against Roma is increasing.

We have been urging political decision makers several times to step up against hate speech at the highest level, and to use all available tools to promptly and effectively stop and condemn racist rhetoric. This has not happened so far.

We will be demonstrating peacefully outside the Hungarian Ministry of Interior to raise awareness of its responsibilities: to ensure the personal security of all citizens without distinction of any kind and to maintain the rule of law in practice, through the adequate and effective control of police forces, in order to prevent any situation such as the recent incidents in Gyöngyöspata.

These responsibilities, that are meant to guarantee our inalienable human rights, emerge from both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary.

Gárda has left Gyöngyöspata, likely heading to other towns soon

It seems that the Gárda has left Gyöngyöspata; this is the latest update from our contact person there. We are on constant alert however, and the locals will call us if and as soon as they return. If this happens we will go to Gyöngyöspata on Friday evening as planned. PLEASE BE ALERT!

As you know, the most recent news is that 3 towns are potential targets for the Gárda and these will probably be their next destinations: Hajdúhadház, Tiszavasvári, and Borsodnádasd.
The leading politician and MP of Jobbik, Gabor Vona, is said to be joining the civil guards(!) – potentially in Hajdúhadház. We are not sure where they are going first or when – they might go to more places at the same time. We must be on alert.

At the same time, the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata is traumatized and the last two weeks have left the whole town in an incredibly tense state – they need ongoing attention and assistance. They have asked us for psychologists for the children, and for FOOD! We could use your help in this – many of them had to spend money to leave the town due to the Garda intimidation, and spent their savings in the process. They have also hosted every group that has been going there in the past two weeks. Right now, we really need FOOD, and/or money, whichever. I spoke to the locals, and in particular they could really use FLOUR, POTATOS, CANNED FOOD and so on – there are 115 families living there.

We need help with:
– psychological assistance (psychologists, etc)
– legal aid: TASZ and NEKI are working on this one
– FOOD: see above
– SUNDAY trip: we could combine all these and go to Gyöngyöspata on Sunday if there are enough cars and people – although the mayor said it’s too early to have a solidarity action.

I will keep you informed as soon as we know more and please keep us updated if you have any news, suggestions, or ideas.

Thank you all for you help!