Kövér Bans Journalists From Parliament

  • 27 Apr 2016 9:00 AM
Kövér Bans Journalists From Parliament
Speaker László Kövér has banned journalists from Népszabadság, HVG and news websites Index and 24.hu from Parliament for an indefinite period, one day after he was filmed ignoring their questions about the spending of funds by the MNB foundations.

Kövér said the reporters had been working in areas of the building that were off limits to the media.

Index reports that journalists were told to stay out of areas where they are generally permitted to work on Monday because of the ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the Basic Law and because Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was taking part in that.

As a consequence, reporters were to be restricted to a place from where it is practically impossible to approach MPs, and that is why the journalists did not obey the order, Index adds.

Videos posted online show numerous Fidesz MPs – including Kövér and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán – ignoring journalists or responding awkwardly to queries about the spending of MNB funds, with some saying they were not aware of the matter.

Kövér suspended their access to rooms of the office of Parliament indefinitely.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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MTI photo: Kovács Tamás

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