Hungary by Atlatszo – Threats, blackmail and corruption: This is how politics distorts the advertising market
This is what Atlatszo.hu wrote this week:
Mérték Média Monitor‘s latest research tracks how advertising money spent by privately owned companies is diverted from certain media outlets for political or other reasons.
A television news channel is the latest casualty of the ’media war’ in Hungary: the new, pro-Orban owner of HírTV arrived in the studio on Wednesday, called a staff meeting and announced new, pro-Orban editorial leadership.
The biggest development in the media market this year was undoubtedly the disintegration of Lajos Simicska’s independent but politically conservative media empire.
Your reading list about what is going on in Hungary:
BMW will invest 1 billion euros ($1.17 bln) to build a new plant in Hungary at a time when a rise in protectionism is forcing carmakers to curb inter-continental exports.
Just as with the Eastern European regimes that are pulling away from democracy, hurting minorities is merely a tool. Israel’s nation-state law is a springboard for an Orbánesque hate campaign.
Orban has a broader mission in mind: he urged his right-wing comrades across Europe to “concentrate all our strength” on “important and decisive” 2019 elections for the European Parliament.
Hungary is taking action against NGOs, using increasingly stringent laws and dubious methods. In a major shift, Open Society Foundations — backed by George Soros — has decided to move to Berlin.
Heti Valasz said it was closing operations after entering bankruptcy and the resignation of its editor, a former spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban who had become critical of the populist leader.