Between 2010 and 2014, an ‘illiberal state’ was being built in Hungary. In line with prime minister’s announcement on the subject, from 2014 we have been offered a perspective on how an actual, consolidated illiberal democracy operates. Hungary remains part of the European Union (EU), but its actions contradict the fundamental principles of the EU. […]

Liberty, diversity, autonomy

It isn’t particularly difficult or far-fetched to see the parallels between the government’s respective efforts at shutting down CEU, squeezing NGOs, and eliminating press freedom. Universities, NGOs and free media embody everything that Fidesz hates and fears. By Gábor Polyák  A few weeks ago one of my students asked me if the universities would continue […]

A proper Statesman: Viktor Orbán and the use of pictures on Facebook

This short analysis focuses on the pictures of Viktor Orbán employed in course of the communication via his Facebook account. Especially in the online realm pictures are important means of conveying (nonverbal) messages, signifying a meaning that would be much harder to put in words and thereby (co)-shaping his public image as a political leader […]

The Népszabadság suspension: Media Coverage in other (European) Countries

The unexpected closing down of Népszabadság in early October caused big media and public attention within Hungary and has ever since led to the publication of numerous articles, interviews and reports in (independent) Hungarian media and animated thousands of people protesting for press freedom. In addition, the sudden end of Hungary´s major opposition news outlet […]

A major step towards an authoritarian media regime in Hungary

The publisher Mediaworks has suspended the publication of Népszabadság, Hungary’s leading opposition newspaper and highest circulation broadsheet. Though the measure was officially referred to as a suspension, in reality it probably implies that Népszabadság has been shut down for good. It has been rumoured for a long time now that a key friend of the prime minister, […]

Soft Censorship Hungary 2015

Introduction – Crony capitalism and the media market The methods and trends of the state’s interventions in media policy and the media system after 2010 were both a reflection of and a blueprint for the general workings of the government. When the Media Act was adopted, it provided one of the early glimpses into what […]

New Reports Detail Lack of Progress in Fight Against Soft Censorship

New Reports Detail Lack of Progress in Fight Against Soft Censorship Soft censorship continues to be a major threat to press freedom and the governments of Hungary, Mexico and Serbia appear unwilling to follow recommendations that would guarantee a non-discriminatory allocation of public funds and government advertising across the media. This is the common conclusion […]

The darkest corners of state media funding

Published in Hungarian on 14th October 2015 Author: Ágnes Urbán  The MTVA continues to be the dark horse in the Hungarian media system. There is ever more money flowing into the state media, while the latter is making a mockery of its intended function, i.e. public service. Based on documents obtained by Mérték it appears […]

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