All posts by Panyi Szabolcs

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

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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“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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Opposition mayor has long suspected to be surveilled. Now we know that he has been targeted with Pegasus

President of the Hungarian Bar Association and several other lawyers have been targeted by Pegasus

Professional secrecy does not seem to protect lawyers from becoming targets of surveillance. Bánáti was targeted during a famous murder case, while another lawyer became the target at the time when he wanted to run against the Fidesz mayor of a small town during the last municipal elections.

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Hungarian journalists and critics of Orbán were targeted with Pegasus, a powerful Israeli cyberweapon

An international investigation has found that Pegasus has been abused by countries around the world. Hungarian targets include media company owner Zoltán Varga and people connected to him, Lajos Simicska’s son and lawyer, as well as several investigative journalists.

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To please China, Orbán’s government shifted plans to favor Fudan’s campus over Student City

Huge Chinese loan to cover the construction of Fudan University in Budapest

Chinese workers will construct Fudan’s Budapest campus using Chinese building materials, all covered by a Chinese loan, but the Hungarian state is the one paying the huge bill. Fudan University has already picked a contractor: state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation, a company embroiled in suspicions of corruption and espionage in several countries around the world.

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How Russians got a second chance at lucrative rail deal from Hungary

Chinese spy games in Orbán’s Hungary

Secret battles of Orban’s rival – Budapest’s first year under opposition rule

How Orban played Germany, Europe’s great power

Iranian students expelled from Hungary during the pandemic may be able to return

Huawei is slowly pushed out from European 5G networks but the Orban government still supports them

Tens of thousands of forgotten Hungarians on the frontlines of the coronavirus

How once cherished Iranians became coronavirus scapegoats in Orban’s Hungary

Hungary pressured by diplomats to stop blocking NATO-Ukraine talks

U.S. is still trying to push out the Russian-led bank from Hungary