Hungary by Atlatszo – State advertising spending in Hungary: an unlawful form of state aid
This is what Atlatszo.hu wrote this week:
Almost half this spending was devoted to political ads run by the government, while the rest was put towards corporate ads of state companies, such as Exim bank, energy provider MVM and the national postal service.
For many years now, Fidesz has funded its propaganda media with state resources, thereby ruining competition and distorting the entire Hungarian public discourse. Think tank Mérték Média Monitor, radio station Klubrádió and MEP Jávor Benedek have turned to the European Commission with a complaint about this practice.
Hungary improved its score by one point compared to last year. We visualized the data to show you how Hungary’s score and rank changed in the past few years – and how it compares to other countries in the region.
Last week Atlatszo revealed that the prime minister’s new office in the Buda castle has 38 pieces of artwork borrowed from the National Gallery. Another freedom of information request revealed that besides those, 14 other pieces of artwork were loaned to Orban’s new office by the National Museum.
Here is your reading list about what is going on in Hungary:
Flick through a Hungarian history book for high school students, and you’re left in no doubt about the government’s view on migrants: the section on “Multiculturalism” opens with a photo of refugees camped under a Budapest railway station.
Macedonia’s fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski said Saturday he fled to Hungary despite being sentenced for abuse of power after he received a threat that he would be killed in jail.
The strike of thousands of workers led to a halt in production at the German carmaker’s local unit which contributes an estimated 1.4 percent to Hungary’s gross domestic product.
A Guardian film-maker and his father, who left communist Hungary for Britain in the 70s and now supports the nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, take a road trip through the country in the hope of understanding each other and overcoming their differences.