‘Soros Mercenaries’ Named in Hungary

A pro-government weekly in Hungary has published over 200 names of people it says are likely part of a group that Prime Minister Viktor Orban calls "mercenaries" who are paid by US-Hungarian billionaire philanthropist George Soros to topple the government. Those on the list include members of rights organizations such as Amnesty International, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, refugee advocates, faculty and officials from the Soros-founded, Budapest-based Central European University, as well as investigative journalists from GIJN member Direkt36.

Source: US News/AP

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Atlatszo Sues Hungary Gov’t over NGO Claims

GIJN-member atlatszo, the muckraking Hungarian online site, has filed suit against the government of autocrat Viktor Orban, challenging claims that NGOs meddle in party politics. The move comes after years of official assaults on that nation's independent media and civil society. Atlatszo is demanding a government report that allegedly shows foreign-funded NGOs' political interfence.

Source: International Business Times

Posted on: January 30, 2017

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

atlatszo.hu: 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.

Source: atlatszo.hu

Posted on: May 9, 2013