As you like it – Frequency tenders in 2014

Published in Hungarian on 5th June 2015 Author: Krisztina Nagy As a result of the great wave of frequency tenders conducted in the previous years, the Hungarian radio map had changed substantially by 2014. As the process decelerated, the past year saw significantly fewer tenders. Since immensely complex and unrealistic formal requirements often made it […]

Press Freedom: Not a matter of legal interpretation

Published in Hungarian on 14th May 2015 By: Gábor Polyák According to Freedom House, the state of press freedom in Hungary has deteriorated further in 2014. We agree. By Gábor Polyák András Koltay, a member of the Media Council and spiritual father of the controversial Hungarian media laws, went on the MTVA-financed blog Médiahorizont to complain […]

Will MTI also feature the term “Gypsy crime”?

Published in Hungarian on 9th March 2015 Author: Attila Mong   MTI pretends that there are professional arguments that justify its use of the term “economic immigration” (technically, a more accurate but unwieldy translation of the Hungarian phrase “megélhetési bevándorlás” would be “immigration to make a better living”, but it better captures the negative connotation of […]

50 Shades of Media Violence

Published in Hungarian on 25th February 2015 Author: Attila Mong The pronouncements of government politicians on the work of journalists are disconcertingly unisonous: media BDSM going from verbal violence over intimidation all the way to harassment by the authorities. By Attila Mong.  “You were maltreated by the police? Oh, do you now how often I’ve […]

What follows the comradely, friendly atmosphere?

Published in Hungarian on 20th January 2015 Author:  Attila Mong The coming round of changes at the public service media institutions, along with major adjustments in the distribution of state advertising, will result in major transformations in the media market. Official support for a journalistic self-understanding that had prevailed for several decades will now come […]


Tudatos médiahasználat Az elmúlt években erősödő tendencia, hogy egyre nagyobb arányban jelennek meg a hírfogyasztásban a közösségi médiafelületeken megosztott hírek, növekszik azok száma, akik a közösségi médián keresztül tájékozódnak. A jelenség miatt felértékelődik az a kérdés, hogy az emberek tisztában vannak-e a közösségi média azon működési mechanizmusaival, azokkal a jelenségekkel (például: szűrőbuborék, algoritmusalapú személyre szabott […]

The eyes of the world are on us – international assessments of the state of press freedom in Hungary

Author: Gábor Polyák In the past weeks, several important international analyses have dealt with Hungary, including, among other things, the media situation here. Apart from a superficial press statement or two, the media and the public paid them no mind. By Gábor Polyák  The Venice Commission, which operates alongside the Council of Europe and is made […]

The State of Press Freedom 2014

Mérték Media Monitor first compiled a Press Freedom Index (PFI) in 2012. The comprehensive PFI is made up of the results collected from three parallel research projects. We surveyed three groups: journalists, media managers (a group comprising media owners, executives of media companies and the management of media enterprises) and, using a representative national sample, […]

GASPING FOR AIR – Soft Censorship in Hungarian Media 2014

Press freedom in Europe is facing a widespread and growing threat by “soft” censorship that includes governments’ use of financial power to pressure news media, punish critical reporting and reward favourable coverage. While Europe’s press is not generally threatened by the jailing of journalists or the closure of media outlets, “soft” censorship is a more […]

Mertek Booklets vol. 1.

The adoption of the new media laws in 2010 not only laid the foundation for the complete overhaul of the Hungarian media system but at once represented one of the current administration’s first measures to scale back constitutional democracy. Fitting in comfortably with the broader arsenal of media policy, the new regulation provides a clear-cut […]