Zselyke Csaky

Research Director for Europe, Media, and Democracy

Zselyke Csaky is the Research Director for Europe, Media, and Democracy. She is the founder and lead of a research initiative that looks at the relationship between media and democracy and has overseen Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democracy from Central Europe to Central Asia. She has written extensively on democratic governance and media freedoms, with comments and writings appearing in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Politico Europe, among others. Prior to joining Freedom House in 2012, she served as researcher at Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and the European Parliament.

Outside Publications:

Poland's election matters, and not just for Poland | Politico Europe — July 7, 2020

Poland is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election | Foreign Policy — May 4, 2020

Hungary's captured media: What can Poland learn to defend freedom of the press | Ruleoflaw.pl — January 31, 2020

With LGBT community, Poland's ruling party picks wrong fight | Politico Europe — August 5, 2019

Hungary and Serbia have found new ways to smother the media | The Washington Post — June 5, 2019

Why Demands for a Free Press Are Front and Center in Serbia’s Protests | World Politics Review — March 18, 2019

Orban’s Consolidation of Hungary’s News Media Harkens Back to the Communist Era | World Politics Review — December 18, 2018

The End of Viktor Orban's Peacock Dance | Foreign Policy — September 12, 2018

Romania's attack on the rule of law is personal, not ideological. The consequences are the same | Emerging Europe — September 5, 2018

Viktor Orban is Just Getting Started | Foreign Policy — April 12, 2018

It's Time to Play Hardball with Poland | Foreign Policy — March 14, 2018

Media in Central Europe: From Political Tool to the New Enemy | Visegrad Insight — November 27, 2017

Time for Brussels to Go Nuclear on Warsaw | Politico Europe — September 25, 2017

How Orban Redrew Hungary's Media Map to Solidify his Power | World Politics Review — March 7, 2017

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