Pro-Orbán media owners ‘donated’ their news outlets to the Central European Press and Media Foundation, a newly formed conglomerate headed by a prominent Orbán supporter.
Concerns for press freedom have increased after the Prime Minister’s ally took over of the last domestically owned broadcaster.
Newly passed ‘Stop Soros’ laws criminalising anyone who helps migrants meet with international condemnation.
The Hungarian government ratchets up its persecution of migrants and civil society by introducing a bill which criminalises NGOs and individuals who work with asylum seekers.
The delegation will meet with writers and civil society leaders to highlight the government’s attacks on NGOs, the press and its use of xenophobic language.
There are already signs that the new government plans to deepen its crackdown on independent groups and critical voices.
Rights groups protest draft legislation that would seriously restrict the work of human rights defenders in Hungary.
The Hungarian government has built, using public funds, a well-oiled media machine dedicated to producing disinformation for propaganda purposes.
Hungary remains part of the European Union, but its actions contradict the fundamental principles of the EU, according to a report by five Hungarian NGOs.
On the heels of Hungary’s recent adoption of a Law on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad, the European Commission is urged to act to protect NGOs and the rule of law in Hungary.
Organisations have called for for a strong and effective response from the European Parliament, critical of the Hungarian government’s continued attack on independent institutions, including academic institutions, civil society organisations and media.
IFEX members call on EU officials to condemn Hungary’s attack on the Central European University as a threat to academic freedom and free expression.
IFEX calls for the full and immediate withdrawal of Hungary’s proposed foreign funding bill, due to the threat it poses to local members and other independent civil society groups.
Populist, nationalist politicians in Central and Eastern Europe are launching attacks on civil society; the aim is to silence criticism and undermine pro-democracy, anti-corruption groups that hold governments to account.