Austrian reporter Franziska Tschinderle was smeared and discredited for five days in a row on Hungary’s most important TV news broadcast simply for doing her job.

The campaign targeting Tschinderle is the subject of a new case study published today by the German newspaper taz as part of the IPI-led Decoding Disinformation Playbook project. A team of taz journalists spoke with former high-ranking employees of the state media system in Hungary as well as academics, activists, and politicians. Their research shows an example of how government-controlled private and state media in Hungary are weaponised to intimidate critical voices.

In this episode, we will delve into the case of Tschinderle with the protagonist herself and a group of investigative journalists from the German newspaper Taz investigative unit, Christian Jakob, Jean-Philipp Baeck and Luisa Kuhn, on the details of their story.

Guests: Franziska Tschinderle, Christian Jakob, Jean-Philipp Baeck and Luisa Kuhn.

Producer and Host: Javier Luque, head of digital communications at IPI.


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Other episodes in this series:

Episode 1: Setting the Scene

Episode 2: How journalists investigate the far right

Episode 3: Fact-checkers targeted by populists in Europe

Episode 4: When disinformation campaigns fuel hate and harassment

Episode 5: Alexander Roth – Smeared and threatened by the far-right next door


This podcast series is part of the project Decoding the disinformation playbook of populism in Europe, which is supported by the European Media and Information Fund, managed by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


The sole responsibility for any content supported by the European Media and Information Fund lies with the author(s) and it may not necessarily reflect the positions of the EMIF and the Fund Partners, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European University Institute.