ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2022 – Analysis of the news shows of the three most-watched television channels (Mertek Booklets 27)

Many news reports, events, and opinions have reflected on the television coverage of the 2022 election campaign in Hungary. The current study draws on statistics to capture the coverage of the election campaign in the news shows of the major television channels, to present how the latter have handled the relevant events and developments.

In summary, we can conclude that the evening news of RTL Klub reported in a nuanced and balanced manner about the events of the campaign period, thereby assisting voters in their efforts to make carefully considered and thoughtful decisions. By contrast, the public television channel Duna TV, and TV2, the other major commercial channel we reviewed in addition to RTL Klub, plainly operated as part of the government’s propaganda machine.

Occasionally they even violated the law in order to impede voters their efforts to make well-informed voting decisions. Their one-sided and biased editorial practices had a substantial impact on the fairness of the election. The following will discuss the evidence that supports the conclusions summarised above.

Mertek Booklets 27: ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2022 – Analysis of the news shows of the three most-watched television channels