Category Archives: Background stories

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

How we exposed a secret conflict involving Russia, the United States, and Hungary

How I found out that an opposition politician teamed up with the government’s allies

How we told the inside story of the oligarch who turned against Viktor Orbán

How we exposed some of the deepest secrets of Hungary’s controversial golden visa program

How we teamed up with The Washington Post to expose a secret conflict between the U.S. and Hungary

A few weeks ago we reached out to The Washington Post and told them that we are working on a story that might be of interest for them as well. It turned out that it did.

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A message from Orbán’s son-in-law and an investigation into phantom offices

I have covered the businesses of István Tiborcz, the son-in-law of the Hungarian Prime Minister, for years. Last year I didn’t write that much about him, since he retreated to the background in business as he sold his shares in the notorious company, Elios Ltd. in 2015. However, I got the biggest surprise of the Read More

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How did we investigate the businesses of the Orbán family? And what did it have to do with running and cycling?

How we investigated the death of Népszabadság, Hungary’s biggest daily

Last November, we published a behind-the-scenes account of the closure of Népszabadság, Hungary’s biggest daily newspaper. András Pethő, who led the reporting team, is explaining how the story was made.

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Hogyan cserkésztem be Tiborcz Istvánt?

Mit adunk mi a Direkt36 támogatóinak?

Ministers usually avoid investigative reporters. But this one wanted to meet me

I got used to politicians being angry with me. But this was different

How we looked behind the scenes of Jobbik

How we got to the bottom of a mysterious corruption case

Robinson’s island

I’ve never watched an Oscar ceremony all along before but this year I had two very good reasons. Son of Saul and Spotlight, respectively. This pairing could be the starting point of a lot of philosophy on the similarities and differences of the roles arts and journalism can play in digging out the truth and Read More

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Így derítettük ki, hogyan találkozott a politika és a prostitúció

Tavaly ősszel írtuk meg, hogy a rendőrség feltárt egy luxusprostitúciós hálózatot, de a politikus kuncsaftokra nem voltak kíváncsiak. Zöldi Blanka meséli el annak a kalandos történetét, ahogy hozzájutott a nyomozás több ezer oldalas iratanyagához.

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How we investigated the son-in-law of Hungary’s prime minister

Baljós körülmények között kezdődött az a találkozó, amely Vorák Anitának, a Direkt36 újságírójának megadta a kezdő lökést az Orbán Viktor vejét érintő nyomozásához. Most elmeséli a cikksorozat készítésének részleteit.

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„Semmit nem szabad elhinni” – így készült a letelepedési kötvényes cikkünk