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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.”

HCLU and partners’ statement on Hungary’s failure to comply with ECJ ruling on foreign-funded NGOs

In June 2020, the ECJ ruled that Hungary’s restrictions on foreign-funded NGOs broke EU law. In light of Hungary’s failure to comply with the ruling, HCLU and allies offer three recommendations and call on the European Commission to act.