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Orban cracks down on Soros-backed university and NGOs

Hungary, an EU member state, is openly fighting NGOs and other bodies financed abroad. And especially those linked to George Soros. Although the billionaire investor is of Hungarian origin he is currently being targeted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party. This week, parliament voted through a law to shut down a prestigious Soros-financed university and NGOs funded by the investor are also coming under attack.

A new Hungarian law, allegedly aimed at promoting transparency, is worrying NGOs funded by foreign backers. While the government insists the law will be in accordance with EU rules, those targeted by the law say Orban is trying to silence any critical voices.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Aline Schmidt.
 

By Anne MAILLIET , Nicolas SPICER

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Veszna WESSENAUER

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