Monthly Archives: April 2020

Hungary: Orbán exploits COVID-19 to extend powers and threaten press freedom

This statement was originally published on on 30 March 2020. The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today expressed serious concern over the passing of new legislation handing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping new powers to rule by decree and tighten his

Latin America: Threats to freedom of expression and information aggravate the health crisis

The first case of COVID-19 in Latin America was confirmed in Brazil, on 26 February 2020, rapidly followed by news of suspected cases in Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina. The virus arrived ‘late’ in Latin America, when the situation was already considered serious in China, Iran and Italy, and spreading fast elsewhere.  This meant that governments