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Proposed Hungarian laws could imprison journalists covering coronavirus response

March 24, 2020 10:30 AM ET

Berlin, March 24, 2020 -- Hungarian lawmakers should not pass amendments to the country's criminal code that threaten journalists with prison sentences for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hungary’s media control unprecedented in EU, joint mission finds

December 3, 2019 3:06 PM ET

Since 2010, the Hungarian government has achieved a degree of media control unprecedented in an EU member state, seven international organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement released today. The organizations urged the EU “to take all available measures to respond.”...

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Hungarian authorities bring criminal charges against prominent investigative journalist

November 7, 2018 10:49 AM ET

Berlin, November 7, 2018--Hungarian authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against prominent investigative reporter András Dezső and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on EU to keep up pressure on Hungary amid press freedom concerns

September 12, 2018 12:04 PM ET

Brussels, September 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the vote by members of the European Parliament in favor of a resolution against Hungary for breaching EU values, and called on the bloc to keep up pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government....

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Make solving journalist murders a priority, CPJ tells US Helsinki Commission

May 9, 2018 3:33 PM ET

"Being a reporter in much of the world is dangerous work. Being an investigative reporter can be deadly," CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney told the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Commission, at a briefing in Washington, D.C. today....

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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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Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

December 12, 2016 12:34 PM ET

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called...

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UN review of Hungary shows country 'treats human rights as a public enemy'

May 13, 2016 1:33 PM ET

On May 9, a stern review of Hungary's conduct in human rights issues and press freedom was released at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report, drafted by the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, listed concerns from U.N. member states about the controversial policies of Viktor...

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Journalists not welcome: Across Europe, press and migrants increasingly barred

March 7, 2016 1:01 PM ET

"The press is not allowed in refugee centers." The message from the Greek government could not have been clearer. "No permission will be given to television crews and reporters to enter such premises that hosts refugees," Yannis Mouzalas, the minister in charge of immigration policy, said in a February...

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Balancing Act

September 29, 2015 4:00 AM ET

Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values The European Union strives to be a global leader in press freedom but faces challenges from member states that have criminal defamation and blasphemy laws, and have introduced counterterrorism measures, including mass surveillance. The EU has made press...

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