Press crackdown—and pushback—in Hungary

Hungarian press freedoms have been under pressure for a while as the right-of-center government has come under fire for ham-fisted meddling at the main public television station and other moves. But what had been a tense standoff burst into open confrontation last week after the government imposed what critics say is punitive and politically targeted tax on media advertising, while the top editor of a leading independent website was ousted.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Posted on: June 10, 2014 Dark Age of Governance in Hungary

There have been troublesome changes in the freedom of information law in Hungary. According to GIJN member Atlatszo the amendment ensures that the Hungarian government can operate in complete darkness, casting a wide net in banning public access to any information handled by public bodies.


Posted on: May 9, 2013