Reporters With out Borders (RSF) included the heads of presidency of EU member states on its checklist of “enemies of media freedom” for the primary time. Subsequently, the checklist contains Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban.
Reporters With out Borders reported in Berlin on Monday: “Since Viktor Orban and his Fidesz occasion got here to energy in 2010, they’ve been steadily controlling the media.”
“Public media are concentrated in state-owned media which have MTVA, together with MTI, the one Hungarian information company,” Reporters With out Borders mentioned.
“For the reason that summer season of 2017, the regional media has been wholly owned by Orban-friendly entrepreneurs. Within the fall of 2018, almost 500 pro-government media corporations merged right into a holding firm to centrally coordinate their reporting.”
The checklist of “enemies of media freedom” contains 37 heads of state and authorities. They’re a strong manifestation of the ruthless suppression of press freedom.
The newcomers on the checklist with Orban are Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Jair Bolsonaro) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’ve repeatedly incited opposition to the media.
RSF charged the latter with crimes in opposition to humanity, together with the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Hong Kong Chief Government Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor can also be new to the checklist. They added: “Within the Particular Administrative Area of China, the “Apple Day by day”, an emblem of press freedom, needed to be closed in June.
Since 2001, Reporters With out Borders has been publishing its “enemies of media freedom” checklist.