Index Remains Unchanged
It has been an open secret for weeks that something is definitely happening around us, and the silence was broken yesterday. The most important thing: the shares of our publisher, Index Zrt. remain in the property of Magyar Fejlődésért Alapítvány (Foundation for Hungarian Progress), controlled by László Bodolai. What changed is that the most important partners of Index – CEMP SH, that is selling our ad space, and the company that provides all IT services to us – are now in the hands of Gábor Ziegler and József Oltyán. The same two people, through companies they own, also acquired NP Nanga Parbat 17 Zrt. from Bodolai, the company which is the founder of the Foundation for Hungarian Progress.
There are two basic conditions which, if not met, Index cannot function properly. One is our editorial independence, meaning that our staff members – adhering to the journalistic standards we hold – produce whatever content they want. No outsider can have a say in our editorial decisions. The other condition is that no outsider can interfere with our decisions regarding which people work in the editorial staff.
So far, the ownership structure behind Index has been a safeguard that these conditons were met.
Our wish is simple. In a war, anyone in their right mind can only wish for one thing: peace. We do not want anything but to keep doing what we have been doing: journalism, specifically the kind that is independent from the right, the left, Fidesz, MSZP, Jobbik, the Red Army, or the Wehrmacht.
In the current situation, the usual operation of Index is secured by two guarantees:
- The current ownership scheme. As long as this doesn’t change, our editorial staff will be able to work freely.
- The position of our all-time editor in chief, who is always elected from the pool of our staff members by the staff themselves.
If these conditions remain the same, we believe that Index will remain unchanged, our editorial freedom will not be compromised, and we can work with whomever we see fit to work with.
If there are any changes in the above, we will notify the world as loud as we possibly can. This is not just an empty promise. Today we created a website, where anyone can check if – according to our staff – Index is operating independently. That website and its domain have no ties whatsoever to any company. It is owned by the prevailing editor in chief of Index, who was elected freely by the staff of Index. On szabadindex.eu, you can always check if the staff of Index is working independently.
The dial currently shows independence.
Hernádi Levente Haralamposz
Nagy Attila Károly
Szalma Baksi Ferenc
Translated by Zoltán Kovács