After the orgy scandal in Brussels, the former Hungarian MEP, József Szájer, got into the crossfire of the international press. This is how they write about the case all around the world.
As it has been confirmed, last Friday, the former Hungarian MEP took part in a sex party in Brussels in violation of epidemiological restrictions, from which he tried to escape from the police through the gutter – unsuccessfully, as the Belgian police arrested him and found drugs in his bag. Since then, several international news outlets reacted to the hot news, reported azonnali.hu.
On Wednesday morning, one day after the outbreak of the Szájer scandal, Belgian news portal HLN published an interview with the 29-year-old doctoral student who organised the orgy referred to as a “house party” by the resigned Hungarian MEP. David Manzheley said that the police in Brussels acted rudely, insulting the participants after they slammed the door on them at half past ten. In his words, they just had a drink “like in a cafe while the guests had sex with each other”.
The BBC also reported on the case, highlighting that the Szájer scandal described in the media as a “gay orgy” is particularly embarrassing for the Fidesz party, who campaigned for traditional family values and recently submitted a bill banning adoption for gays. Vice, which rarely reports on Hungary, also wrote about the case, emphasising in the title that Szájer was a politician of an anti-LGBTQ party. The Daily Mail, The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post wrote about the case in a similar tone.
No opinion articles have been published about the case in Germany. The right-wing Bild, which had previously published exclusive interviews with Viktor Orbán, brought the detailed news entitled “Orbán’s partner was detained during a gay sex party“, mentioning that Szájer is in the same EP group as the German CDU and the Bavarian CSU. “A Hungarian nationalist is casting his EP mandate”, the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich writes in the title of the article, based on the material of the German dpa news agency.
The German Tagesschau.de reports that 10 years of illiberalism was not enough to learn that Viktor is written in Hungarian with “k” and not with “c”, and they highlighted Szájer’s constitution in addition to the description of the story.
Oliver Grimm, a publicist for the conservative Die Presse in Vienna, commented on the news, calling the resigned MEP hypocritical in the title. According to Grimm, it is cynical that one of the founders of Fidesz denies in such a spectacular way the anti-liberalism, open anti-socialism, and anti-enlightenment propagated by the party.
The Romanian newspapers point out that the MEP is a member of the Hungarian government party that has recently submitted a number of anti-LGBTQ bills. The right-wing Adevărul published a short portrait of Szájer, and the liberal G4media reviewed the Hungarian government press articles on Wednesday morning. According to them, the Szájer scandal has just been blown up because the EU wants to punish Hungary for EU money and the rule of law mechanism.
The Slovak and Czech newspapers only report on the scandal of József Szájer and its circumstances. While the focus of Slovak newspapers is on the drug found at the party, the Czech newspapers highlight Szájer’s escape through the gutter.
The Czech news portal Mladá fronta dnes introduces its summary in tone: “Orbán’s MEP was in a hot orgy. He escaped from the police through the window.” The Czech business newspaper Hospodářské noviny reports: “The Hungarian MEP was arrested in an illegal gay orgy. He tried to escape from the police through the window.”