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    People attend a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary, April 21, 2018

    Hungarians Rally Against Orban's Media Policy (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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    A protest is now sweeping across Budapest, for the second time after Premier Viktor Orban, head of the ruling right-wing party, entered his third term.

    Soon after Orban's Fidesz party came to power in 2010, the parliament adopted new media legislation. It essentially required that all media outlets register with the state and that their output should be "balanced", of "relevance to the citizens of Hungary" and "respect human dignity," which was meant to curb the illegal flow of immigrants and stand on guard of ethnic Hungarians in the country and beyond.

    Thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest on Saturday protesting against what they claim is state control over the media.

    "Our main goal is to dismantle Fidesz control over the public media… but opposition parties also have a task as they are also responsible for this situation we are in," protesters stated on Facebook.

    Protesters approached the parliament building, waving the national and European Union flags.

    It is the second time the Hungarian capital saw a mass protest against the ruling Fidesz party since the April 8 election. Demonstrators urged the remaining opposition parties to join efforts to counter the right-wing Fidesz party, which now dominates the parliament.

    Orban entered a third consecutive term in early April after his strong anti-immigration campaign. The government said it continues working on legislation to curb the illegal flow of immigrants.

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