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Editorial board of Index and more than 70 staff members resign

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On Friday, the three leading editors of Index, Attila Tóth-Szenesi, Veronika Munk, and János Haász have initiated the termination of their employment at Index, followed by more than 70 journalists working at the site.

The reason behind their decision was that László Bodolai, the president of the board of Index.hu Zrt. has fired former editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull and has refused to reinstate him in order to secure the independence and future of Index despite the request from the site's editorial staff. On Wednesday, members of the staff have unanimously taken a stand by the dismissed editor-in-chief, describing Bodolai's decision as unacceptable.

For years, we've been saying that there are two conditions for the independent operation of Index: that there be no external influence on the content we publish or the structure and composition of our staff. Firing Szabolcs Dull has violated our second condition. His dismissal is a clear interference in the composition of our staff,  and we cannot regard it any other way but as an overt attempt to apply pressure on Index.hu.

Under these circumstances, following Bodolai's decision, the editorial board deemed that the conditions for independent operation are no longer in place and have initiated the termination of their employment.

The list of staff members who handed in their resignations because of the termination of editor-in-chief Szabolcs Dull (written in Hungarian name order):

Ajpek Orsolya

Arnótszky Janka Judit

Barakonyi Szabolcs

Biró Marianna

Bolcsó Dániel

Bozzay Balázs

Bozsó Ági

Bődey János

Brückner Gergely

Csatári Flóra

Cseke Balázs

Cser Ildikó

Csurgó Dénes

Demeter Ági

Dezső András

Egyed Anna

Előd Fruzsina

Fábián Tamás

Fehér János

Fillér Máté

Flachner Balázs

Földi Gábor

Hanula Zsolt

Hernádi Levente

Hollik Ági

Hudák Hajnal

Huszti István

Iván András

Janecskó Kata

Jenei Miklós

Joób Sándor

Kárpáti Márton

Klág Dávid

Kolozsi Ádám

Kolozsvári Tímea

Koroknai Gergely

Körömi Csongor

Kovács Dávid

Kovács Zoltán

Lengyel-Szabó Péter

Lovas Gergő

Marczisovszky Márton

Marjanovic Mira

Mészáros Tamás

Miklósi Gábor

Mizsur András

Molnár Réka

Nagy Attila Károly

Nagy Roland

Német Tamás

Németh Péter

Nyilas Gergely

Pál Tamás

Pándi Balázs

Pintér Luca

Presinszky Judit

Rácz Attila

Rostás Bianka

Rovó Attila

Sajó Dávid

Simor Dániel

Somogyi Péter

Stöckert Gábor

Szabó Zoltán

Szalai Bálint

Szalma Baksi Ferenc

Szémann Tamás

Szilágyi Máté

Szilli Tamás

Tenczer Gábor

Thüringer Barbara

Tóth Gergely

Világi Máté

Záborszky Ede

Zsuppán András

and the team of our EU subsection Eurológus (Arató László, Folk György, Márton Balázs, Szűcs Ágnes, Zalán Eszter)

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