Political rhetoric in the Hungarian press during the communist regime

Popping, R. & Roberts, C. W., Oct-2020, In : Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. 21, 10, p. 1502-1521 20 p.

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  • Political rhetoric in the Hungarian press during the communist regime

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  • Roelof Popping
  • Carl W. Roberts

A previous analysis of post-1989 editorials in a Hungarian newspaper investigated ideological developments in Hungary in the first years after the communist regime had been replaced by elected governments. Using the same method, we here investigate whether the same developments may have extended prior to Hungary's democratic changes. Such extension might have entailed a gradual increase in modal rhetoric indicative of free market or social justice. However, no support is found for this in Hungary's pre-1990 state-controlled media. Instead, modal arguments only appear with noteworthy frequency after 1986 and then only ones emphasizing Hungarians' inevitabilities and possibilities without any consistent rationale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1502-1521
Number of pages20
JournalJournalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
Issue number10
Early online date2-Sep-2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2020


  • Democratization, Hungary, modality, text analysis, PUBLIC-DISCOURSE, TEXT ANALYSIS, EAST, TRANSFORMATION, FREEDOM, ISSUES, FRAMES

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