Hungary is a concerning context for media freedom and disinformation.

As of April 2020, a Hungarian law supposedly aimed at fighting the coronavirus in fact makes it more difficult for journalists to report on the pandemic for fear or legal penalty. The bill also has a clause threatening penalties of up to five years in prison for spreading misinformation during the pandemic. Read more.

Klubrádió, Hungary’s leading independent radio station and the last independent radio station covering public affairs, lost its broadcasting licence after losing an appeal in early February, 2021.