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The Hungarian government released an offensive nationwide television and billboard advertising campaign vilifying civil society organizations.
Freedom House issued a statement on Hungary's new "foreign agents" law, which aims to suppress civil society and silence dissent.
Governments that choose the path of media repression often pass by familiar landmarks as they descend into authoritarian rule.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has searched endlessly for new battles to prop up his public support. With the 2018 elections approaching, his latest moves have brought Hungary to a critical juncture.