As Hungary’s electoral campaigns kick into gear, public apathy abounds

Dome of the Hungarian parliament, Budapest. (Photo Peter Teffer)
Dome of the Hungarian parliament, Budapest. (Photo Peter Teffer)

Although Hungary’s next parliamentary election is more than a year off, you would be forgiven for thinking that election season was already well under way.

Already the ruling right-wing Fidesz party, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading opposition party, the Hungarian Socialist Party, which was in power from 2002 to 2010, have begun to trade barbs in anticipation of next spring’s elections.

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Hungary says its press freedom is ‘completely perfect.’ Europe disagrees.

Many Hungarian journalists write freely without fear of persecution. But Hungary has come under ongoing criticism from various press freedom advocates.
Many Hungarian journalists write freely without fear of persecution. But Hungary has come under ongoing criticism from various press freedom advocates. (Photos Peter Teffer)

When the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee called last week for Europe to regularly investigate journalist freedom across the EU, it didn’t name any particular country to watch. But if there has been one European nation that has been criticized for changing its media laws in the past years, it’s Hungary.

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