Government slams Freedom House report

International human rights organisation Freedom House listed Hungary as the least democratic country in the European Union. 

According to the analysis found on the organisation’s website, Hungary is listed as a free country and received 72 points out of a possible 100, the lowest number of point’s awarded to an EU member state. The human rights organisation also expressed its concerns with regard to the fact that, in its opinion, citizens in Hungary are increasingly fearful of expressing their political opinions as a result of the fact that non-governmental organisations and the opposition are being increasingly intimidated.

According to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovacs, the report is politically motivated and biased. He told Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday that knowing the organisation’s financial background, it is absolutely obvious that this an attack against Hungary by yet another Soros organisation. “Freedom House’s methodology and procedure is politically motivated”, the spokesperson said.

“The evaluation is also political, and is linked to George Soros and to those liberals who are in a political and ideological dispute with Hungary”,

he added.

Kovacs said it was problematic that the clear violations of the law that occurred on 23 October 2006, when the rule of law was trampled over, were not raised in the organisations reports. He stressed that the fundamental problem with Freedom House is that it is a Soros organisation, which is biased and which is attacking the country out of political interest and motivation.

Speaking at a press conference on another topic, Fidesz communication director Balazs Hidveghi said that the report is part of a “coordinated, international” series of attacks against Hungary, in order to replace the Orban government.

Source: Hungary Journal, Kormany.hu
Photo: MTI

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