These are the threats that were verified and published the week beginning 21 May.
As Hungary prepares for parliamentary elections, independent journalists have become a target of the pro-government media outlets
Index on Censorship’s Mapping Media Freedom project verifies threats, violations and limitations faced by the media throughout the Europe. Here are five recent reports that give us cause for concern.
Since the 1920s, generations of western Europeans got used to the monopoly of public radio and later public television. These broadcasters developed strategies to better serve audiences and distance themselves from governments. The arrival of private broadcasters, in many cases taking place only in the 1970’s, was generally viewed as a complimentary service aimed at entertaining the public. Although public service broadcasting lost market share, it remained a respected institution in society; necessary to bring up youth, to get an objective picture of the world and cater to the interests of minorities.
In early April 2016, major Hungarian news website vs.hu began publishing less than normal. On 25 April a dozen journalists, including editor-in-chief Olivér Lebhardt, resigned. While the newsroom is still functioning, its future is yet to be decided by its owners, according to daily newspaper Népszabadság.