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Title: U.S. Helsinki Commission Hearing "The Trajectory of Democracy: Why Hungary Matters": Statement of Frank Koszorus, Jr., National President of the American Hungarian Federation
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Publisher: U.S. Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe)
Files: CSCE __ Document __ AmericanHungarianFederation.pdf
Source: http://www.csce.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContentRecords.ViewWitness&ContentRecord_id=1500&ContentType=D&ContentRecordType=D&ParentType=H&CFID=21164350&CFTOKEN=28574
Abstract: The U.S. Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe), an independent agency of the U.S. federal government chaired by Sen. Benjamin Cardin and U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, organized a hearing on the state of democracy in Hungary on March 19, 2013. In addition to hearing the testimonies of a number of invited speakers, the commission received several documents for the record, one of which was this statement of Frank Koszorus, Jr., National President of the American Hungarian Federation. Koszorus focuses his statement on two issues, namely "the need to vigorously [support] the rights of religious and national minorities, including the rights of the Hungarian minorities living in countries bordering Hungary" and "the need to distinguish between genuine concern for the state of democracy in Hungary and the use of rhetorical democratic pretexts [..] to wage a political campaign to negate the voting public’s clear and overwhelming choice of the current government". Regarding the state of the media in Hungary, Koszorus argues against the notion that it illustrates any threat to democracy. There has been "robust, critical discussion in Hungary's media about every aspect of the key laws" being passed, he writes; there has been "no state repression of the opposition's right to publicly criticize and object," and "foreign commentators have given interviews, and critical assessments have been published in the Hungarian media." Koszorus also uses the occasion to criticize an editorial in the British newspaper The Independent, which "erroneously stated that if the constitutional amendment were to pass, coverage of elections campaigns will be restricted to state media only," whereas only campaign commercials, not coverage overall, will be limited.
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-03-19
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Language: English
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