- 29 Apr 2022 6:26 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
Overall, 43% of Hungarian respondents said the media is not free in Hungary because the cabinet interferes in the work of journalists. However, 58% of Fidesz voters said there is press freedom in Hungary and only 15% said there is no press freedom.
It emerged that 48% of Hungarians, including the vast majority of opposition party voters, are concerned about the state of press freedom. Only 28% of Fidesz supporters shared this concern, and 55% said they are not worried about this issue.
Some 72% of Hungarians believe it is necessary to have an independent media, something that the cabinet cannot influence or censure. Another 7% of Hungarians said there is no need for an independent press.
Among the countries surveyed – Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic – Hungarians are most likely to say that there is no press freedom.
Fidesz voters were the exception among all four countries in that a majority of them say that the situation has improved in recent years.