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This is what Atlatszo reported last week

With twice as many vaccines delivered, Hungary has no significant lead in ratio of vaccinated compared to other EU countries

As part of the vaccination campaign, the Hungarian government emphasizes the following message: compared to other EU countries, Hungary is in second place regarding the percentage of inoculated population; this couldn’t have happened without the help of Eastern vaccines, since Western shipments are slow and bring only small amounts. Rightfully, Hungary really is second in the uptake of the first dose, and it is partially because of Eastern vaccines. However, comparing the countries by distributed doses, each member state received relatively the same amount from the EU, Hungary being one of the better off countries on the list. Moreover, Eastern vaccines require inspection before usage, which can last for weeks, slowing down the vaccination. Hungary uses these vaccines to compensate low efficiency and organizational issues of its vaccination process, and not to be an addition to Western ones. If it were otherwise, Hungary would by far be the first on the inoculation list and wouldn’t lag behind in terms of administered doses.

Monthly disinformation roundup – fake posters and disappearing national flags in Budapest

February and March has been quite interesting months as far as disinformation and fake news go: we could read several fake stories regarding  the pandemic, but the higher education reforms also appeared in the most popular narratives. This is our monthly disinformation review.

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This is what is going on in Hungary

Euronews: Hungary: Let us into hospitals to show real picture of COVID-19, say media outlets
Media in Hungary say a government ban on them from talking to medical staff or reporting from hospitals is putting lives at risk.The country, hit by a record-breaking third wave of COVID-19, has one of the highest levels of new cases per capita in the world.

Council of Europe: It is high time for Hungary to restore journalistic and media freedoms
The combined effects of a politically controlled media regulatory authority and distortionary state intervention in the media market have eroded media pluralism and freedom of expression in Hungary.

Euractive: Orbán’s influence on the media is without rival in Hungary
The state of Hungary’s media has become the focus of intense public debate at home and across Europe after Hungary’s national Media Council, run exclusively by people from the ruling Fidesz party, revoked the opposition Klubrádió’s frequency in February. 
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