Népszava (meaning "People's Voice" in English) is a social-democratic Hungarian language newspaper published in Hungary.

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Tamás Leisztinger
Founder(s)Viktor Külföldi
PublisherXXI. század Média Kft.
Editor-in-chiefGyörgy B. Nagy
Founded20 May 1877; 144 years ago (1877-05-20)
Political alignmentSocial democracy
Left wing
Headquarters6 Jókai urca
Budapest 1066, Hungary
Népszava, 1914

History and profile

Népszava is Hungary's eldest continuous print publication and as of October 2019 the last and only remaining liberal, social democratic political daily in the country.

Népszava was established in 1873[1] in Budapest by Viktor Külföldi. It was the official newspaper of the Hungarian Social Democratic Party until 1948 when Hungary became a communist state.[2] During this period two of Népszava's editors in chief were murdered: Béla Somogyi (along with reporter Béla Bacsó) in 1920 by right wing officers and Illés Mónus in 1944 by members of the Hungarian Nazi Arrow Cross militia.

During the period of the Hungarian People's Republic between 1948 and 1989, it was the official newspaper of Hungarian trade unions.[1] In 1990 it was privatized. Its publisher, the entrepreneur János Fenyő was shot dead in Budapest in 1998. The crime is still partially unsolved. The newspaper is currently owned by the entrepreneur Tamás Leisztinger.

Népszava is published in broadsheet format.[3]


The circulation of Népszava was 222,000 copies in January 1989 and 181,000 copies in January 1991.[2] The paper had a circulation of 135,000 copies in July 1992 and 102,000 copies in March 1993.[2] Its circulation was 80,000 copies in 1998.[4] The paper had a circulation of 31,742 copies in 2009, making it the sixth most read daily in the country.[1] The circulation further declined to 10,522 copies by 2016.[5] After closure of Népszabadság, today Népszava is Hungary's market leader among political dailies. Its average circulation is 21 thousand copies/day with the 32-page Saturday edition reaching 24 thousand copies.

Notable staff

Editors in chief
Writers, publicists

See also


  1. "Communicating Europe: Hungary Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. Marina Popescu; Gábor Tóka (2000). "Campaign Effects in the 1994 and 1998 Parliamentary Elections in Hungary" (Conference paper). ECPR. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. Péter Bajomi-Lázár. "The Business of Ethics, the Ethics of Business" (PDF). Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. Mihály Gálik; Beverly James (1999). "Ownership and control of the Hungarian press". The Public. 6 (2). Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. url=http://mfor.hu/cikkek/vallalatok/Ujabb_2000_vasarlot_veszitett_Simicska_lapja.html