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Systematic Suppression: Hungary’s Arts and Culture in Crisis

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Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI) has released the Artistic Freedom Monitor report on Hungary – Systematic Suppression: Hungary’s Arts and Culture in Crisis.

The report was created in collaboration with the UC Berkeley School of Law and Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. It was funded by the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity.

Systematic Suppression exposes how Orbán’s administration wields policy to limit free expression, restrict plurality in the arts, and encourage self-censorship among Hungarian artists. Grounded in international, regional, and national legal frameworks, this report documents the impact the Orbán administration has had on the arts and culture sector in Hungary. Further, it seeks to strengthen protections for artists and cultural workers through precise, actionable policy recommendations.”

Read the full report here:


Sanjay Sethi

Co-Executive Director, Artistic Freedom Initiative; and Managing Partner, Sethi & Mazaheri
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs