Journalists covering refugee crisis censored, attacked by Hungarian authorities

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Budapest, Hungary, 9 February 2021. The chairman of the critical Hungarian radio broadcaster Klubrádió poses at the station's headquarters in Budapest, after it lost an appeal to keep its license, ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

MFRR Report: State Capture and Media Freedom in Hungary, Poland and Turkey

“In Hungary, Poland and Turkey, increasing control of ruling parties over state-controlled companies, advertising agencies, media regulators, competition watchdogs and even the courts, has allowed for a steady intensification and diversification of campaigns against critical press.”

Journalists work in the office of "Direkt36", one of the media outlets that was targeted with the hacking spyware, in Budapest, Hungary, 17 January 2019, Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Hungary: Call for inquiry into use of Pegasus spyware against journalists

“IPI calls on the Hungarian national security committee to hold an urgent session to assess how long this illegal monitoring has been carried out for, who is responsible for approving the surveillance and assessing how many journalists have been targeted.”

Members of leading NGOs pose in front of a heart-shaped balloon and call on MPs to not support a package of bills that would criminalise assisting asylum seekers, Budapest, Hungary, 4 June 2018, ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

Hungary’s government continues to target civil society despite moving to scrap the NGO law

Almost a year after the ECJ declared the discriminatory NGO law illegal, the government has submitted a draft to parliament to repeal it. However, groups assisting asylum seekers are still criminalised in law and organisations that criticise the government continue to face smear campaigns.