Police Action Against Alleged Fake News in Hungary

Since the amendment of the Criminal Code to include as a separate and severely punishable offence the dissemination of fake news about the coronavirus, the official handling of fake news-related matters by the authorities has been the subject of increased scrutiny. The recent detention of a man in connection with his online commentary is the […]

French version: Les derniers jours du média indépendant en Hongrie ?

L’épidémie COVID-19 entraine essentiellement une crise sanitaire, mais avec des effets collatéraux qui sont déjà visibles. Tout d’abord l’émergence d’une crise économique mondiale qui s’est très vite installée, mais aussi dans certains pays, comme la Hongrie, une crise politique ou la survie d’un média indépendant est sérieusement menacée. L’article d’Ágnes Urbán nous le relate. L’épidémie […]

The end of days for independent media in Hungary?

Above all, the coronavirus gives rise to a healthcare crisis. At the same time, the broader repercussions of the crisis in other areas have also began to manifest themselves. A global economic crisis is on the horizon, while in Hungary the very survival of the independent media is in serious danger. By Ágnes Urbán The […]

Fidesz-friendly media dominate everywhere

When the Central European Press and Media Foundation (abbreviated as KESMA in Hungarian) was created in November 2018, everyone was curious to find out how massive the ownership concentration in the market had become as a result of the emergence of such a huge conglomerate, and how strong the position of government-friendly media companies was […]

What’s the state doing in the media research market?

The end of 2018 saw the announcement of a striking bit of news: a government-owned Media Research Institute would be created in Hungary. For the time being, the main responsibilities of this institute remain unclear. There is reason for concern, however, that media research will join a long list of areas where the state’s role […]

State advertising spending in Hungary – an unlawful form of state aid

For many years now, Fidesz has funded its propaganda media with state resources, thereby ruining competition and distorting the entire Hungarian public discourse. Mérték Média Monitor, a Hungarian media watchdog organisation, the critical radio station Klubrádió and MEP Jávor Benedek have jointly turned to the European Commission with a complaint which demonstrates in detail how […]