Hungary is 87th in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a far fall from last year’s ranking.
In recent years, Hungary’s position has fallen significantly. In 2011, it was in 44th place, but the next year, it slipped 16 spots. According to RSF, this happened because “the initiation of controversial media laws” led to “self-censorship becoming a wide-spread practice in newsrooms.” The World Press Freedom Index of Hungary has been falling ever since it received a ranking of 71 in 2016. Countries are scored from 0 to 100, with 0 being the best and 100 the worst. According to the 2019 RSF report, with a score of 30.44, press freedom in Hungary is currently at a ‘problematic’ level.