The Hungarian Media Monitor provides policy-relevant data, news and analyses of the impacts of Hungary’s new media laws on the country’s media environment. The purpose of the Media Monitor is to contribute to and inform the current debates among policy makers, advocacy groups, and journalists over how to safeguard media freedom and pluralism at the domestic, regional, and European-wide levels. Through the Monitor, independent experts and scholars will provide ongoing monitoring and analysis of  the implementation of the 2010 legislation and its impacts on media ownership and media pluralism in Hungary. In the future, the Monitor will expand its coverage and analyses to other countries in the region and other European countries.

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PM taps right-wing media lawyer to head Media Authority

Leaders from across the political spectrum have denounced Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s nominee for president of Hungary’s Media Authority as a  loyal puppet controlled by the ruling Fidesz party and its inner circle of media and business oligarchs. Orbán on Wednesday nominated right-wing media lawyer Monika Karas to serve as successor of recently deceased Annamária Szalai as head of Hungary’s Media Authority (NHMM). Karas has served as legal counsel for Government-linked media outlets Lánchíd Rádió, Magyar Nemzet, and HirTV, and for numerous Fidesz officials, including the Prime Minister’s chief adviser Árpád Habony. From 1993 to 2002, Karas represented Magyar Fórum Kiadó, a publisher which was at the time owned by far-right politician and anti-Semitic writer István Csurka. Read more

Fidesz-linked firm buys national economic daily

Fidesz-linked think tank Századvég’s Gazdaszágkutató Zrt. (Century Economic Research Inc.) announced this week it has purchased Napi Gazdaság, a top national business and economic daily. Századvég is part of a consortium of companies have been awarded HUF 4.7 billion (EUR 15 million) in state consultancy contracts by the Ministry of National Development (MND) since 2011, HVG reports. The consortium serves as the primary political and economic advisory group to the government and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Read more

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