Hungarian Elections and the Hungarian Diaspora in Serbia

Coverage of the 2022 Hungarian parliamentary elections in Hungarian- language media in Serbia

Research into coverage of the 2022 Hungarian parliamentary election by Hungarian-language media in Serbia has shown the dominance of three sources: Magyar Szó, and Szabad Magyar Szó. The first two lean toward the dominant Hungarian minority party the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ) – in their coverage, while the latter represents an independent outlet that often includes criticism towards both the party and the Hungarian government.

Three distinct topics relevant to the research were detected: a negative portrayal of the Hungarian opposition, attempts by the Hungarian government to mobilize voters abroad, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences. The coverage of Hungarian-language media in Serbia only fleetingly covered the LGBTQ+ referendum that was organized on the same day as the election, 3 April 2022, as well as other aspects of Hungary’s relationship with the West, EU and NATO.

Aleksandar Ivković, Nikola Burazer
European Western Balkans


The link to the original publication can be found: here.

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"Election Monitoring in Hungary and its Diaspora" research is conducted with the support of the International Republican Institute's Beacon Project. It is conducted in Hungary and select countries with a significant Hungarian diaspora: Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not reflect those of IRI.