February 23, 2015

Hungary Hits Critical Advocacy Groups with Tax Probes

At least seven Hungarian nonprofits that have taken foreign funds or criticized Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government have been targeted by authorities for special tax investigations, according to The Washington Post.

Dozens more anti-corruption, human rights, and gay rights groups are being audited in what appears to be part of a larger democratic erosion under Mr. Orban, a former anti-communist dissident who has also tightened government control of the media and judiciary and praised Russia and China as models for rule. Authorities have singled out organizations that received money from Norway and those that have issued blistering reports on government actions.