For the first time, Reporters Without Borders has included the head of the government from the European Union, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in its regular list of “enemies of press freedom”.
This is reported by DPA.
“Since Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party came to power in 2010, they have gradually taken control of the Hungarian media landscape, “the organization said.
“Public broadcasters were centralized in the state-owned media holding MTVA, which also includes the only Hungarian news agency MTI, “Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
“The regional press has been completely owned by entrepreneurs friendly to Orban since the summer of 2017. In the fall of 2018, almost 500 pro-government media companies were merged into a holding company for the centralized coordination of their coverage of information,” the organization says.
The list of” enemies of press freedom “ includes 37 heads of state and government, especially sharply suppressing press freedom.
In addition to Orban, the list also includes Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly spoken out against the media, and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Reporters Without Borders accuses the latter of crimes against humanity, in particular, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.