Hungarian foreign ministry listed journalists’ trips abroad

In a letter dated 2 June, József Magyar, deputy secretary of state for development of European affairs at the ministry of foreign affairs and trade, asked Hungarian embassies in the European Union to provide information about the professional visits of Hungarian journalists to the respective EU countries, Telex reported.

The letter, seen by Telex, asked if embassies were aware of the host country having organised professional visits, training, research trips for Hungarian journalists. If such trips had occurred, the letter requested embassies to report when they took place, which Hungarian media participated, and which organisations or press outlets they contacted.

To Telex’s question why the list was necessary and for what purposes the information was used, the foreign ministry replied with: “to fulfill its mandate, [the ministry] is doing everything against foreign interference in Hungarian domestic affairs. Experience has shown that Soros organisations tend to be behind such attacks.”

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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