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The International Press Institute, a media watchdog, is concerned about Hungary’s press freedom – again. Of course they are, because they talked exclusively to left-liberal sources. Their report contains nothing from a conservative journalist. Yet they call themselves “independent.”
Press is reporting today that the government of Spain will impose controls on information distributed to the public. The European Post writes that the country’s security forces have announced their intention to control public information “in order to minimize this critical climate aimed at the government’s action.”
“Paid for by the taxpayers of the United States of America.” This would be the disclaimer that you might see on certain publications, if the US State Department were to begin handing out money next year, as it announced earlier this week, to support “independent” media outlets in Hungary.
Earlier this week, the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest delivered remarks on the freedom of the press. The remarks garnered a lot of attention not least because of the senior US diplomat’s very pointed criticisms and assertion that “negative trends are continuing” in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary.
Some media outlets seem to think that their proper role is not simply to report the news but to exert influence over public life by driving a political agenda. Perhaps all media organizations reflect a bias, but when a political agenda so dominates the media’s decision about what to cover and how to cover it that it completely undermines all objectivity and journalistic integrity, then we have a problem.