Any attempt by politicians to “forcefully interfere” with operations of the (public) media is unacceptable, the communications director of ruling Fidesz said on Monday, in connection with developments at the public media headquarters during the previous night.
Balázs Hidvéghi insisted that protesting opposition deputies that spent the night at public media foundation MTVA headquarters “used the excuse of obtaining information for setting off the fire alarm and violently attacking public TV staff”.
The opposition deputies abused their powers and authorisations arising from their mandate, Hidvéghi said.
He said that “their obvious goal was to intimidate journalists” and added that “these are well-known methods of the pro-immigration Soros network”.
For that matter, MTVA has filed a criminal complaint with the police against opposition deputies “exceeding their rights arising from their mandate”, MTVA said on Monday morning.
The deputies, headed by independent MP Ákos Hadházy, entered the MTVA building on Sunday evening, saying that they wanted to make a public statement. MTVA’s security chief told them that “their right to enter the premises does not involve disturbing operations there”. The deputies were also warned that they cannot enter any of the studios or editorial offices.
According to MTVA’s statement, the deputies had said that unless their demands are met thousands of “angry people” would enter the building from the street.
The politicians, including independent Bernadett Szél, Socialist Ágnes Kunhalmi, Istvan Újhelyi and Tibor Szanyi, LMP’s Péter Ungár, Jobbik’s Andrea Varga-Damm and János Stummer, Liberal Anett Bősz, as well as Ágnes Vadai and László Varjú of the Democratic Coalition, spent the night in the MTVA building, the statement said.
Hadházy, who attempted to climb over a railing, and Szél were removed from the building by security staff.
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