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Hungarian State TV Report Downplays Protest

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Hungarian State TV Report Downplays Protest
"M1’s Monday evening newscast broadcast footage showing only a few dozen anti-government protesters outside the Opera House, rather than the estimated tens of thousands who were present. M1 News failed to mention the number taking part in the demonstration, Népszabadság reports, and gave three times as much coverage to the Opera gala and the National Gallery exhibition than to the protest.


Socialist politicians objected, saying it is a falsification of history that empty areas were shown instead of the large-scale demonstration, demanding accountability.

MTI Hírcentrum explained that a mobile unit arrived from Buda Castle too late and had no time to choose an appropriate place.

Prime ministerial spokesman Péter Szijjártó told M1 Tuesday morning that 5,000-8,000 demonstrators took part.

He later told reporters that Hungary is a democratic state governed by the rule of law, it is a free country.

Everybody has their own role, Szijjártó, continued, the cabinet to “release the Basic Law in a worthy way,“ and others to protest against it, and all availed themselves of a right provided by democracy."

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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04.01.2012




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