Tibor Méray

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Tibor Méray
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Born(1924-04-06)6 April 1924
Budapest, Hungary
Died12 November 2020(2020-11-12) (aged 96)
Paris, France
Nationality Hungarian
Notable awards Attila József Prize (1951, 1952)
Kossuth Prize (1953)
Legion of Honour (1997)

Tibor Méray (6 April 1924 – 12 November 2020) was a Hungarian journalist and writer, worked for various newspapers (Szabad Nép, Csillag) during the Communist regime. He was a war correspondent for Szabad Nép (official daily of the ruling communist Hungarian Working People's Party and predecessor of the Népszabadság ) during the Korean War.

As a supporter of the politics of Imre Nagy, he fled the country after the abortive uprising of 1956 and became a staunch anti-Communist, living in Paris, France. After working for several journals, he was editor-in-chief of the Irodalmi Újság, an important emigrant Hungarian-language weekly in Paris, from 1971 to 1989.

He co-wrote the 1969 comedy spy novel Catch Me a Spy , which was later adapted into a 1971 film To Catch a Spy starring Kirk Douglas.

Tibor Méray died on 12 November 2020 in Paris. [1]

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  1. Méray Tibor emlékére (2020. november 13.) Népszava (hozzáférés: 2020. november 13.)