When the prime minister is also the biggest press baron

Viktor Orban has steadily tightened his grip on the media since his reelection as prime minister in 2010. The European Commission’s criticism of the January 2011 media law resulted in just a few minor amendments. The government continues to control the appointment and mandates of the new media surveillance committee’s members. Orban’s most loyal supporters are rewarded with commercial radio frequencies. “Sympathetic” media outlets get state advertising. Hungary’s second most important news portal, Origo, was taken over by an investor who is a “friend.” Direkt 36 is one of the few independent, privately-owned online media outlets.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



65 in 2015

Global score


27.44 in 2015

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    journalists killed in 2017
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    netizens killed in 2017
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    media assistants killed in 2017
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