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Hungarian media market may seem vibrant and diverse at first glance: there are many news portals, TV
channels, and radio stations, daily and weekly newspapers. But fundamental problems become obvious
when taking a closer look. Ever since Fidesz, a right-wing party led by Viktor Orban, won the elections in
coalition with the minor Christian Democrat party, KDNP by a landslide in 2010 and obtained
supermajority in the Hungarian Parliament, the government has been trying to insert control on
independent institutions and strengthen its grip on the media. In these ten years, Hungary has become a
textbook case of media capture, a situation “in which the media have not succeeded in becoming
autonomous in manifesting a will of their own, nor able to exercise their main function, notably of
informing people.

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Hungarian media market may seem vibrant and diverse at first glance: there are many news portals, TV channels, and radio stations, daily and weekly newspapers. But fundamental problems become obvious when taking a closer look. Ever since Fidesz, a right-wing party led by Viktor Orban, won the elections in coalition with the minor Christian Democrat party, KDNP by a landslide in 2010 and obtained supermajority in the Hungarian Parliament, the government has been trying to insert control on independent institutions and strengthen its grip on the media. In these ten years, Hungary has become a textbook case of media capture, a situation “in which the media have not succeeded in becoming autonomous in manifesting a will of their own, nor able to exercise their main function, notably of informing people. Name: Description: ...
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