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Title: Govt communications state secy calls Freedom House report about Hungary groundless, biased
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Publisher: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary
Files: Govt communications state secy calls Freedom House report about Hungary groundless.pdf
Source: http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-public-administration-and-justice/news/govt-communications-state-secy-calls-freedom-house-report-about-hungary-groundless-biased
Abstract: Zoltan Kovacs, the Hungarian state secretary in charge of government communications, told the national press agency MTI on 1 May 2012 that the newly released report by Freedom House on media freedom in Hungary was "utterly groundless" and "extremely biased," as this news item on the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice website noted. The US-based independent NGO had downgraded Hungary in its annual global media freedom report for 2011 to the "partly free" category, MTI reported. The downgrade reflected concerted efforts by Viktor Orban’s government to seize control over the legal and regulatory framework for media, the Freedom House report argued. But in his response, Kovacs argued that the Freedom House report was part of "a consistent campaign .. to discredit the Hungarian government" and was "a perfect illustration of the use of double standards." He said that the report revealed an "astonishing bias," lacked any "real evidence" apart from "examples drawn from a hysterical and hypocritical campaign against Hungary", and used "bewildering reasoning".
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-05-02
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Language: English
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