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The reason, experts say, is that people prioritise security in times of terror — an instinct easily exploited by illiberal governments keen to tighten their grip on power.
By the end of the 1980s, some believed that this system of governance, which engendered economic success and political stability, had won the day against any alternative. Communist and fascist authoritarianism were discredited. A mood of triumphalism set in, breeding complacency. But things look a lot less rosy for liberal democrats today.
In the best traditions of Magyar Szó, Pressburger says he was promised total editorial independence. But the promise meant little.
"VMSZ tried to influence what we write about," Pressburger told BIRN. "First, they wanted to convince me not to be critical and to write more about VMSZ and less about the other parties."