The so-called “lex Tusk” or “Russian influence law” prompted fierce criticism and consternation at home and abroad that Polish democracy is backsliding further.
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President Katalin Novák was lectured by the Polish prime minister and Viktor Orbán’s European ambitions were jeopardized. VSquare in cooperation with Direkt36 have uncovered the behind the scenes story of the Hungarian-Polish alliance, which previously seemed unbreakable, since the outbreak of the war.
The 21st edition of World Press Freedom Index, a major industry report prepared by the Reporters without Borders and published on May 3rd leaves no illusions: technology is threatening journalism and feeding the fake content industry, while the media freedom drop is getting even more dramatic worldwide in comparison with last year.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Russian propaganda outlets, such as Russia Today and Sputnik News. But the Kremlin-directed official channels are just the tip of the iceberg.
There is a large ecosystem of pro-Kremlin and alt-right disinformation websites operating in Central and Eastern Europe.