The new Hungarian media legislation adopted in 2010 established the National Media and Infocommunications Authority as a convergent authority representing the convergence of the media and communications sectors. In the nearly thirteen years since then, a number of international media freedom organisations have assessed media relations in Hungary.
In the following document, we provide an overview of their rankings and reports, presenting the evolution of Hungary's perception, while also evaluating the methodology of the studies, as well as the claims and opinions expressed in them.
Since the National Media and Infocommunications Authority supports initiatives aimed at professionally assessing the situation of media freedom and media pluralism in Hungary, we consider it our duty to draw attention to concerns related to methodology and content that arise in connection with certain reports, which prevent the production of truly credible and balanced evaluations.
We hope that our comments on the reports issued by the Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom on Hungary will contribute to the future evaluations and will help engender a balanced professional discourse.