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How democracies die: the case of Hungary

Viktor Orbán is extinguishing liberty one freedom at a time

By Samira Shackle   October 2020

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MARTIN DIVISEK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10676553x) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wears gloves, before the Visegrad Group (V4) summit at Lednice Chateau in Lednice, Czech Republic, 11 June 2020. Visegrad Group summit in Lednice, Czech Republic - 11 Jun 2020

When Szabolcs Panyi started working at Index in 2013, he was excited to join one of Hungary’s most widely-read independent news sites. The outlet had started in the early days of the internet as a liberal, freewheeling place, posting quirky content for Budapest’s intellectuals. Eventually it had started to cover more serious stories. Panyi, a political and investigative journalist, was part of that shift. Index published stories on Russian meddling…

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