Many thanks to editorial cartoonist Matt Bors for his interview with three Hungarian editorial cartoonists and illustrators–Gábor Pápai, Joe Békési, and Péter Zsoldos–about how the media law will affect them.
(For background on the new Hungarian media law see Hungary’s media law: Back to the bad old days)
Gábor Pápai: The consequences of the law are scary indeed.
Joe Békési: This law is not dangerous to specific individuals, but editorial offices, publishing houses, and television channels that can be ruined or forced to continually self-censor. It will kill investigative journalism.
Péter Zsoldos: Until now, theoretically we had total freedom. And seldom did any official retribution happen.