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    The role of the media in the mainstreaming of the far right

    BROWN, KATY (2022) The role of the media in the mainstreaming of the far right. IPPR Progressive Review, 29 (2).

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    Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, recently “sparked outrage” for declaring that Hungarians are not “a mixed race” and do not want “to become a mixed race”. 1 In a letter of resignation, one of his long-time advisers, Zsuzsa Hegedüs, told him in no uncertain terms that he had crossed a line, saying what was once “anti-migrant and anti-Europeanism” had now turned into “a pure Nazi speech worthy of Goebbels”. 2 At a time when the resurgence of far-right politics has become commonly acknowledged as one of the key challenges facing democracies, it may feel reassuring to see prominent figures taking a stand. Yet often, when reactions to, and discussion of, the far-right take an adversarial approach, they tend to portray the threat as exceptional, as a shocking digression from our mainstream norms. Note how Hegedüs appeared comfortable with Orban’s conscious and sustained slide towards far-right politics for years, until the little veneer of respectability was lost and it was no longer possible to deny his far-right status – in this case, comparable to the Nazis no less.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Brown, K. and Mondon, A. (2022), The role of the media in the mainstreaming of the far right. IPPR Progressive Review, 29: 147-153.
    Keywords: Far-right politics; Europe;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 17975
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    Depositing User: Dr Katy Brown
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2023 12:02
    Journal or Publication Title: IPPR Progressive Review
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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