Hungary’s soft authoritarianism

The Dissident Blog on EU's black sheep, one month ahead of the parliament elections

What's at stake

Attila Mráz, expert on political liberties, writes about the challenges facing social and critical Hungarian NGOs at the time of the general election campaign.

Standing up for poetry

Krisztina Tóth's second short story for the Dissident Blog - a multi-layered tale of hierarchy and inequality.

Starless Night

A piece of “flash fiction”  by Hungarian writer Krisztina Tóth, presenting a haunting  snap-shot of everyday life in Budapest today. 

Hungary's political culture of illiberalism

Eszter Babarczy sketches the background to the victory of illiberal politics in Hungary.

"Almost nobody seems to care"

In an interview, philosopher G. M. Tamás tells the Dissident Blog why freedom of speech and democracy are in decline in his home country. 

The same old story, again

Writer Orsolya Karafiáth was fiercely attacked for her attempts to spotlight how Hungarian women are repressed and silenced in the wake of #MeToo. This is her story. 

The irony of being censored

The artist duo Lőrinc Borsos creates an alternative national image as a counterpoint to the official national representation in Hungary - a risky business.

Padded Cells

Art journalist Gergely Nagy on the shrinking space for independent art in Hungary: “Nothing has been forbidden, no one has been jailed.” But …

Reports from the corners of the pantry

Journalist Attila Mong reports on how government politics dominate the media landscape in Hungary, while independent media has become increasingly marginalized. 


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