Debate on Hungary in the European Parliament

Hungarian press coverage between 2017.04.26. és 2017.04.28. Mérték Media Monitor invited Publicus Institute to conduct a qualitative analysis on how the European Parliament’s debate on Hungary has been reported on by the most read, most watched and most important Hungarian news media. We monitored 718 articles in total produced by four online and three printed […]

Soft Censorship in Hungary in 2016: When Propaganda Rules Public Discourse

Liquidated Diversity Népszabadság terminated, Class FM removed from its frequency, TV2 turned into a character assassination machinery, the public media are aggressively disseminating anti-migrant propaganda – as far as the eye can see, the ruins of a media that have seen better days. 2016 was the year when there was no election campaign, and this offered an opportunity to […]

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 […]

State advertising 2006-2017

Mérték Média Monitor has been analysing the changes in state advertising spending for years. Our regularly published Soft Censorship report reviews the developments of the foregoing year, but it is also important to take a look at the impact of state advertising on the media market situation from a wider angle, as a long-term process. […]

State advertising 2006-2016

Mérték Média Monitor has been analysing the changes in state advertising spending for years. Our regularly published Soft Censorship report reviews the developments of the foregoing year, but it is also important to take a look at the impact of state advertising on the media market situation from a wider angle, as a long-term process. […]

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 […]

Recent changes in media ownership

The past few years saw major changes in the ownership structures of media corporations in Hungary. Following the economic crisis of 2008, the advertising market dropped by 20%. The adoption of the media law in late 2010 led to an unpredictable regulatory environment. Many foreign investors sold their Hungarian holdings, and several of them left […]

The sources of political information in Hungary

The state of the media structure in the time before and after its transformation The survey research aimed at identifying the sources of political and public affairs information was conducted by the Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute on a commission by Mérték Media Monitor. The data were collected by personal interviews on a […]