Last week in Hungary

Hungary by Atlatszo – Hungarian government elite, including Orban, uses luxury yacht and private jet registered abroad

This is what Atlatszo wrote this week:

Hungarian government elite, including Orban, uses luxury yacht and private jet registered abroad

Atlatszo has been tracking two luxury vehicles all summer and, in doing so has documented where the leadership of the governing party and their business partners spent their summer vacations. PM Orban himself used the private jet which crossed path with a yacht several times this summer.

Hungarian elite’s favorite luxury jet flew to London on the day of the FIFA Awards

The luxury private jet that had been used by Viktor Orban took off from Budapest Monday morning shortly after our investigation was published, and flew to London. Coincidentally, this was the day of the FIFA Awards in London.

Hungarian PM Orban threatens journalists – if someone hits us, we will answer that, he said

Viktor Orban, prime minister of Hungary threatened journalists in his usual Friday morning interview at the public service radio channel. Atlatszo revealed on Monday that Orban has used a private jet to travel to Bulgaria for a soccer match.

A case study in Hungarian propaganda: this is how the pro-government media works if something awkward is revealed about PM Orban

The pro-government media empire in Hungary has a special characteristic: when there is a very important message to push, they work in unison. This week the propaganda machine reacted to Atlatszo’s story about the jet and the yacht used by the government elite.

This is what is happening in Hungary:

Reuters: Gloom in the newsroom as Hungary’s independent media recedes

Dozens of newspapers, radio and television stations critical of PM Orban have changed hands in the past four years. Some subsequently closed down, while others quickly and dramatically changed their tune.

The New York Times: Can Hungary’s Fourth Estate Survive?

Perhaps nowhere in Europe has the shrinking of the space for independent news media been as dramatic as in Hungary, with ominous consequences for its democracy.

The Irish Times: Hungary’s government under pressure on multiple fronts

Legal challenges and corruption allegations are mounting against Orban, as he tightens his grip on the country’s media and battles the EU on issues ranging from asylum policy to NGOs.

AFP: Hungary PM hails ‘icon’ Trump’s isolationist UN speech

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hailed Friday US President Donald Trump’s isolationist speech at the United Nations as marking a welcome end to American interference in other countries’ affairs.