The truth about freedom of the press in Hungary – commentary

By Dénes Albert
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Where is democracy and rule of law most prominent – Budapest or Brussels? “What a question!” would be the response of both the mainstream media and the majority of EU MEPs. After all, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been demonized for years and set up as a dictator. Our comparison makes it clear that the facts show just the opposite.

Yet hatred against Hungary has escalated to the point that the Dutch prime minister has also publicly suggested that the small Central European country withdraw from the EU. Is this really what the Netherlands believes? A lowland country hiding behind high dams that remains a European hub for drug trafficking and organized crime?

Would it not be better to suggest that the Netherlands leave?

No matter. Never mind that a journalist was recently shot on the street in the Netherlands – not in Hungary – because he got too close to a criminal gang during his research. The Netherlands is where a right-wing politician was killed and where an Islamic-critical film director was killed, in both cases for ideological reasons. Political killings (in all cases with socialist participation) also took place in Malta and Slovakia, but not in Hungary, not even in the slightest.

Spanish politicians also eagerly join in the humiliation of Hungary. Yet as of just a few weeks ago, there were still political prisoners in their country, politicians imprisoned for years for behavior that does not count as a crime anywhere else. Namely, as local (Catalan) politicians, a referendum was organized, which the central government did not look at kindly. These people wanted nothing more than perhaps a bit too much democracy.

Perhaps Austrian politicians should also consider whether their own country, unlike Hungary, is still a state governed by the rule of law. This is because the massively ideologically based activities of some prosecutors are increasingly questioning this. The massive increase in migrant crime has clearly reduced the right to security of the country’s citizens, even 13-year-old girls. And it is clearly a failure of politics and the judiciary that Austria ranks fourth among all EU Member States in terms of illegal migrants.

Western European agitators are constantly attacking Hungary and debating whether there is democracy here at all. However, at least direct democracy is used to a much greater extent than in some others: the Budapest government regularly seeks the opinion of the population in the framework of a national consultation akin to a referendum.

Title image: News stand in Hungary. (Média1/András Lányi)

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