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Roma Press Center – Roma Sajtóközpont

 

The media image of Roma is not only professional, ethical, or a
“question of taste” issue, but also question of Roma exclusion.

 

The Roma Press Center (RPC) is an independent news agency founded in 1995. The RPC is
the first news agency in Hungary, which informs the public through the mainstream media
about the news and events of the Roma, Europe’s and Hungary’s biggest minority group.
During their existence the RPC have published over 4,000 Roma-related news 80% of which
were printed in national daily papers, and 100% published on the Internet.

 

RPC shows objective pictures of the Roma society, and at the same time
all of the reports are published in the mainstream media.

 

Our activities: journalism & news service, production of short films, cooperating with the
largest hungarian mediums, cooperating with Roma and human rights NGO-s, civil rights
activity, training of young Roma journalists and activists

 

 

1Hungary Initiative influenced local discourse during municipal elections!

1Hungary Initiative influenced local discourse during municipal elections!

Roma for 1 Hungary

Our initiative is a civic, advocacy platform of Roma organizations and individuals in Hungary –  achieved to declare new vision about one Hungary. Since this summer, we have been working on two-dozen municipalities with the aim: we can overcome on the opposites, as joint problems and issues can connect people. Problems identified by Roma are actually, the issues of the whole municipality, and what is more, Roma want the same as others (work, quality education, well developed infrastructure etc.). After elections, we continue our cooperation with Roma communities, elected officials and political parties, in order to find answers and solutions for the problems of municipalities.

It seems, that our framework – that public discourse should be about community issues and not hate and anti-Gypsyism  – shared by not only ordinary people, but politicians, too!

This summer, we worked together on the 1Hungary Declaration with more than 40 NGOs and six political parties, which declared we all fight against anti-Gypsyism in Hungary. We saw that we should not stop here, because basic principles should reach wider publicity and citizens.

During the local elections, our questionnaires were completed by thousands, then 3000 inhabitants, activists, and candidates participated in our forums, discussing the most important issues of the municipality. During these events, we worked on the declarations (1Nyíregyháza Declaration, 1Szeged Declaration etc.) which were signed by 2955 citizens and 125 candidates joined these declarations. As 1 Hungary Initiative is a non-partisan platform, we could achieve that thousands of people started the dialog after decades of none participation! Our attendees called these events “historical”, as they have not been actively participated in a wide, constructive and multicolored public event, where they could talk real issues.

People never experienced that many of well-prepared local Roma activists ensured the implementation of fair and democratic local elections! We Belong Here Association – core member of 1Hungary Initiative – trained more than 300 local Roma observers, who helped the work of the electoral offices. Local Roma voices demonstrate unity and determination, as never seen before!

Couple of day after of the local elections, we are happy to see that community members, 12 mayors and more than 50 councilors willing to play important role in solving local problems. We believe, people feel there is hope for change, as their voice is heard and Roma became active actor of building 1Hungary!

In the capital, more than 2000 people and the new mayor joined the declaration of We Belong Here Association, which include the most important issues of Roma in Budapest!

There is 1Hungary! We build it together!

 

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Hungary: Protests criticize Government, including over Roma integration [Romea.cz]

Thousands of people have once again turned out on the streets of Budapest and other towns throughout Hungary to protest the Government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his FIDESZ party. The demonstrations on Sunday, 21 May were organized by the civic initiative “Nem maradunk csendben!” (We Will Not Be Silent!). Continue Reading

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Police Attack Roma Community in Slovakia: Children and Elderly Injured

Budapest, Zborov 24 May 2017: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) have received video evidence of police officers attacking Roma at random in the street in Zborov, Slovakia. Police entered the Romani neighbourhood of Zborov on 16th April and began indiscriminately beating Roma, including children and elderly people. Continue Reading

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In Budapest, Roma and Jews use alternative JCC to fight right-wing populism [JTA]

Marom, the Jewish association that runs and owns Aurora as part of its outreach mission to young unaffiliated Hungarian Jews, provides office space and facilities to about a dozen non-Jewish activist groups committed to fighting these perceived trends. They include the Roma Press Center, Budapest Pride, the Migszol refugee advocacy group and the Zold Pok agency for social activism.

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Roma people make Europe great too!

Everyday Roma Heroes – An exhibition in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

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Panic breaks out in a Hungarian Roma community [Hungarian Free Press]

Panic broke out on Tuesday in the eastern Hungarian town of Tiszavasvári, with parents storming into the local school and kindergarten to take home children, as news spread that the local municipal government, led by far-right mayor Erik Fülöp, was planning to take Roma children into state care. Continue Reading

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Intentional misdiagnosis of intellectual disability in the Czech Republic – a case study [Romea]

During the past year, the Otevřená společnost, o.p.s. organization has performed a survey of lower primary education in the Czech Republic. That survey especially emphasized the way instructors view the education of majority-society boys and girls as compared to Romani boys and girls. Continue Reading

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Hungary top court jails serial killers of Roma for life

Three serial killers who targeted members of Hungary’s Roma minority in 2008 and 2009 were jailed for life on Tuesday, the state news agency MTI reported on Tuesday. Continue Reading

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Romani police officer received the honor of being appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

On 29 October, police officer Petr Torák received the honor of being appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the UK Home Office. The high civilian honor was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for his community work in the town of Peterborough. Continue Reading

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Hungary condemned by the European Court of Human Rights

Hungary condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for failing to investigate racist attack against a Roma man Continue Reading

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