Exploiting the Closest “Enemy”: How Hungary’s State Media Takeover Paved the Way for One of the Most Extreme Perpetrators of Islamophobia PDF Print

15 October 2019

Country: Hungary

By: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-10-15_at_3.29.11_PMStuck behind the Iron Curtain for the better part of the latter half of the twentieth century, Hungary’s population was able to stay largely white and Christian for many decades. While countries with former colonies like France and the United Kingdom were forced to reckon with immigration and integration, issues of race and religion remained largely absent from Hungarian media and popular discourse.

In 2015, everything changed. Suddenly, Hungary became one of the key ‘transit countries’ for refugees bound for Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Western Europe. Hungary almost immediately became one of the most aggressively anti-refugee countries, erecting a security border fence, mobilizing anti-migrant sentiment in the media and pushing most migrants to cross through Croatia or Slovenia instead.

 
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