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Budapest: Hungary, Democracy and the Liberal Media

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, 15 per cent of all countries were full democracies in 2010 and 31.7 per cent were flawed democracies. So 11.3 per cent of the world’s population enjoyed the benefits of democracy, such as they are, while 37.1 per cent put up with an ersatz version. Of course assessments like this depend not only on the definition of democracy, but on who is doing the defining. For example, the conservative Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán is fiercely attacked by mainstream and leftist American and European commentators for its “authoritarian” nature. It is claimed that the…

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