One of the executive directors of The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF, wrote on his Facebook page that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán dying of a heart attack would be a “fair thing”. The post has since been removed. But the foreign ministry summoned Austria’s ambassador to Budapest this morning.
According to MTI, the foreign ministry is summoning Austria’s ambassador to Budapest over a “scandalous” Facebook post by the CEO of Austrian public broadcaster, ORF, ministry spokesman Máté Paczolay said on Thursday. In a post that has since been removed from his page, Karl Pachner said that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán dying of a heart attack would be a “fair thing”, Paczolay said.
The foreign ministry expects an explanation of the “coarse and deeply shocking statement” from the Austrian ambassador on Friday,
The ministry’s statement said that the executive director’s post was “rude and deeply staggering”. Therefore, they demand an explanation of the scandalous assertion. Mr Pachner apologized for the post. He wrote that when he read Orbán was slowing down the acceptance of the sixth EU sanction package, he chose a “misunderstood phrasing”. Therefore, he is sorry and apologises – telex.hu reported.
“Of course, I do not wish Orbán’s death, even though some understood my sarcastic text like that. Indeed, I do not want anybody’s death”.
Pachner added that he feels miserable about what is going on in Ukraine. As a result, he shared that “emotional, reprehensible and random” post. “I am very sorry for having posted that” – he concluded.
Standard says that the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) would like Pachner to be fired. The ORF dissented from the executive director’s post. According to the media outlet, the post was their employee’s private opinion having nothing to do with their professional work.
Source: MTI, telex.hu