Attila Mong

Attila Mong is a freelance journalist and CPJ’s Berlin-based Europe correspondent. He is a former John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and a Hoover Institution research fellow, both at Standford University. He was awarded the Pulitzer Memorial Prize for Best Investigative Journalism in 2004 and the Soma Investigative Journalism Prize in 2003.

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Bulgaria's press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

May 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to...

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In Romania, EU data protection law used to try to muzzle Rise Project

January 16, 2019 12:36 PM ET

Finding a suitcase full of documents is every journalist's dream. But for the investigative outlet Rise Project, it quickly turned into a legal nightmare after Romanian authorities filed a complaint under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ordering the outlet to reveal its sources or pay a fine...

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Gagging orders, legal action, and communist era laws used to try to 'choke' Polish press

January 10, 2019 12:11 PM ET

Polish security agents enter the house of a prominent TV journalist over accusations that he propagated Nazi propaganda. Police summon a reporter over claims that he breached the privacy of the vice-head of the constitutional court. And Poland's central bank files gagging orders against two papers, demanding they remove...

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Independent journalists in Hungary brace for tough times in next Orbán term

May 7, 2018 6:00 PM ET

As Hungary's new Parliament holds its first session, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is due to form his third consecutive government after a landslide re-election a month ago, journalists critical of his power will closely monitor his words for hints of what awaits them in the next four years....

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Mission Journal: In Poland, some journalists fear worst is yet to come

March 12, 2018 6:00 PM ET

Entering the historic site of the Gdansk shipyard, one cannot miss the wooden boards hanging over the famous gate No. 2. Handwritten in 1980, they display the list of demands of the strikers led by Lech Walesa, the founder of Solidarity, the independent trade union movement that pushed for...

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As German hate speech law sinks Titanic's Twitter post, critics warn new powers go too far

January 23, 2018 2:05 PM ET

The satirical magazine Titanic appears to have been an unlikely victim of Germany's recently adopted online anti-hate speech law, NetzDG. "We were truly surprised," the magazine's editor-in-chief Tim Wolff told CPJ, as he explained how Twitter blocked the Titanic account for 48 hours after the magazine republished a post...

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New hurdles for Hungary's press as Orbán restricts FOI requests

July 24, 2015 1:42 PM ET

"This is the best thing that has ever happened in Hungary." Katalin Erdélyi, a freedom of information activist, was referring to a ground-breaking website launched in Hungary in 2012. "I was glad because I realized the potential and how it will help me get all the information I longed...

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Amid government crackdown, Hungary's journalists look for new ways to work

October 9, 2014 2:26 PM ET

"They raided our offices as if we were mobsters. The irony of the situation is that the Hungarian police rarely raid mobsters with such force," said an employee at one of two NGOs whose Budapest offices were stormed by about 20 officers of the Central Investigations Office--Hungary's version of the...

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Hungary's independent media struggle against economic pressure, intimidation

July 7, 2014 1:51 PM ET

"This is a new wave of clampdowns by the government--they want to have another four-year term with even less critical media than before," said Szabolcs, a 21-year-old economics student, one of thousands of people who marched in the streets of Budapest in June, chanting "Free Country, Free Press!" The...

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