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

Recent articles in Hungary

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.

A woman holds Polish and EU flags while demonstrating against the Polish government's proposed media advertising tax which would impact private broadcasters, in Krakow, Poland, 12 February 2021, Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto

Rights groups say EU must act on media freedom in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia

“The EU has sat on the sidelines for too long. Repeated inaction to stop the undermining of media freedom and pluralism first in Hungary, and then in Poland, has allowed this model of media capture to grow and spread to other Member States. The cost of further inaction is simply too high.”