People in Budapest, Hungary. Editorial credit: Ceri Breeze /


After taking power in 2010 elections, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Alliance of Young Democrats–Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz) party pushed through constitutional and legal changes that have allowed it to consolidate control over the country’s independent institutions. More recently, the Fidesz-led government has moved to institute policies that hamper the operations of opposition groups, journalists, universities, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) whose perspectives it finds unfavorable.

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Freedom in the World — Hungary Country Report

Hungary is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net — Hungary Country Report

Hungary is rated Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.

Ukraine photograph photo auction by anastasiia lukavska

Nations in Transit — Hungary Country Report

Categorized as a Transitional or Hybrid regime, Hungary receives a Democracy Percentage of 45 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.