The aim of the Foundation is to fight corruption. Our dream is to turn our sleaze-ridden country into a land of transparent public life. We are building a network to connect those who are committed to fight corruption. We believe that corruption can be overcome in Hungary, but in order to achieve that we need to lay the foundations, which means that we need to work towards the transparent functioning of both the state and the local governments and that we must have public accountability in the spending of public funds.

How do we achieve our goals?

We take concrete steps to fight corruption

We lend assistance to those who turn to us with their personal experiences of corruption. We cooperate in uncovering national and local cases of corruption, through methods ranging from putting in requests for data of public interest to initiating legal proceedings. We support all citizens’ initiatives to fight against corruption.

We are building a network

We connect community-spirited organizations with like-minded citizens, in order to create opportunities for NGOs to provide trainings.

About us

Hungarian jurist, university professor, and Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He acted as Ombudsman for Data Protection between 1995 and 2001. He was appointed President of the Hungarian National Radio and Television Board from 2008 through 2009. He is the founding President of the Eötvös Károly Institute.

László Majtényi

“As the chief operating officer of Igazmondó Foundation I am responsible for management, funding, organizational and administrational tasks. I have a degree in law; I started out in my career in local public administration, working as the notary of a village. Next I was in charge of a program concerned with children’s poverty, and after that I worked for a human rights watchdog NGO. I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to stop the current onslaught on the wellbeing of our society. Millions still have something to lose, if nothing else, than their trust in the future, their hope. This country is becoming increasingly unliveable, but it is up to us to change this: among other things we can make a stand against legalized robbery by the state and the rising tide of government lies.”

Mihály Simon

Chief Operating Officer
“I became a police officer at the age of 18. I have had first-hand experience of life on the street, of the atmosphere in the lock-up and of the life of a security guard, a bullet stopper really. I was a police supervision officer when there still was such a thing and a police judge when police judges still used to decide on misdemeanor detention. I finished law school in correspondence course and worked on drafting legislation. Then I switched to the Hungarian Customs and Finance Guard (VPOP), where, after drafting legislation and having other tasks of a legal counsel, I became the first data protection officer at VPOP. Between 2004 and 2008 I succeeded in setting up an internal norm system of data protection and steered data management into a more or less democratic direction. (Making law enforcement understand that the higher cause does not authorize you to breach the law or to commit data protection crime is never an easy task). When VPOP had enough of my troublemaking, and I had enough of the atmosphere there, I decided to start a new carrier as an advocate. Seeking the justice for the poor in an increasingly authoritarian state is a rather drab and costly hobby, so I quit, but my commitment to justice finally landed me in the company of the Igazmondók (“Truthtellers”)…”

Dr. Éva Ivanics

Legal counsel
I received my first degree at the Eötvös Loránd University of Science, as a linguist/editor. I am still a student of the institution; I am doing a master’s program in Communication and Media Studies at present. I participate in the work of the Igazmondó Foundation as a coordinator; my responsibilities are in network-development and in providing access to culture and education to local communities and members of the public.

Veronika Kövesdi


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