Orbán’s ally told Hungarian intelligence services that opposition is the greatest national security threat, leaked recording reveals

A biztonsági szervek rászálltak a pilótára, aki a fideszes elit repülőútjait figyelte. Aztán feltűnt a Pegasus-célpontok között is

A Gyurcsány-kormány két nemzetbiztonsági vezetőjét is célba vették a Pegasusszal

Former Fidesz politician signs lucrative property rental contract 
with Russians building Paks 2

The license permit for the Paks 2 power plant expansion is still delayed but project implementer Rosatom continues to publish new related tenders. According to Direkt36 research former local Fidesz president in the town where the project is located is one of the beneficiaries.

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Így foszlott szét a kormányzati ködösítés a Pegasus-ügyben

Három és fél hónapon át próbálta az Orbán-kormány előbb letagadni, majd agyonhallgatni, hogy az államnak köze lenne a Pegasus-ügyhöz. Ez egészen addig működött is, amíg november 4-én délután Kósa Lajos az RTL Klubnak beismerte, hogy Magyarország megvásárolta és használja is az izraeli NSO Group Pegasus nevű kémszoftverét. Összefoglaljuk, hogy jutott a kormányzat a tagadástól a beismerésig.

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Senior official in Socialist governments had an offshore company, Pandora Papers reveal

Hungarian intel officer involved in spyware operations appears on Pegasus list

In Israel, Pegasus was developed to counter terrorism. In Hungary, a top counter-terrorism official became its target

Az Orbán család földjein vág új üzletbe egy állami pályázatokon meggazdagodott vállalkozó

Tax changes under Viktor Orbán turned Hungary into a tax planning tool

Prominent business allies of Viktor Orbán’s government had secret offshore businesses, Pandora Papers reveal

Nearly 12 million confidential documents were leaked about secret offshore companies, investigated by the world’s largest international collaboration of journalists. Direkt36 was also part of the project and revealed that influential Hungarian pro-government figures including Balázs Kertész and Gellért Jászai also had offshore interests.

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Inside the conflicts surrounding the construction of Hungary’s new nuclear plant

Orbán’s government tried to hide sensitive information on €1.5B Chinese university project

He has been uncovering the lavish lifestyle of Viktor Orbán’s circles. This summer, he was surveilled with Pegasus spyware

Resignations follow our exposé of lavish spending at a pro-government think tank

Anti-Orbán news site’s publisher came under surveillance when his contract with an opposition party was revealed

Páva’s smartphone was hacked with the cyberweapon developed by Israeli company NSO on March 16, the very day when it became public information that opposition party Democratic Coalition signed a contract with his company for social media consulting.

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Hungarian opposition publisher was surveilled with Pegasus in spring 2021

Previous reporting showed that Pegasus was used against Hungarian targets in 2018 and 2019. Now there is evidence that Zoltán Páva, a former politician who is a news publisher now, was under surveillance in March and May this year.

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PM Orbán tried to prevent hospital dramas with vaccination. In the end, he could only hide them

“A story like out of a spy movie,” personal reports by two surveilled Direkt36 journalists

Hungarian journalist reporting on corruption surveilled with Pegasus for months

During her surveillance, Brigitta Csikász, one of Hungary’s most experienced crime reporters, wrote about the misuse of EU funds among other topics. Csikász’s investigations revealed that, despite the alarms of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Hungarian authorities lacked either the will or the ability to prosecute the suspicious spending of EU money.

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