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How The Media Went To Fidesz

The investigative journalists at Átlátszó created a visualization of how the Hungarian media went to government and Fidesz-friendly oligarchs.

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Media outlets in the hands of various oligarchs in 2018. Red: print titles, Green: online, Blue: billboards, Gray: radio, Yellow: TV Source: Átlátszó.hu

The entire, interactive infographic can be found here, with each title added, but it is impossible to embed here. (Somehow not surprised. Hungarian non-Fidesz media prefers coubs to gifs and hypes every single format that major platforms don’t support.)

Browse for yourself here

According to the data:

  • In January 2018, the Fidesz media empire published 500 titles – ranging from teen magazines to TV channels. Two third were print papers, published by 22 publishers.
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In 2015, only 31 medium was controlled by the government. 21 didn’t exist. By 2018 all 500 is Fidesz-controlled. (Nyomtatott=Print)

  • They are owned by 14 individuals.
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Media outlets in the hands of various oligarchs in 2018. Red: print titles, Green: online, Blue: billboards, Gray: radio, Yellow: TV Source: Átlátszó.hu

  • Some were discontinued, like the country’s biggest and oldest daily, Népszabadság, that was shut down overnight, journalists weren’t allowed back in the buildings for their belongings, even the 5+ decades long archive disappeared.
  • Others were bought by oligarchs, on generous loans by state-owned banks, such as TV2, a basket case of subservient incompetence and spineless propaganda. Its journalists left and the once strong commercial channels is now a butt of jokes. See for yourself why.
  • Yet another set of “left-wing” channels were brought under Fidesz control, their owners made their deals – then moved their best political reporters into the night slot or let them leave.

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