A letter has been going around recently, criticising Donald Trump’s stance towards Hungary – reports index.hu. 22 Democrats have signed the letter, and its main point of criticism is that the sum of 700 000 dollars dedicated to supporting Hungarian independent journalism was withdrawn back in July.
The letter addressed to the U.S. Department of State’s department of European and Eurasian Affairs was penned by Marcy Kaptur, leader of the Hungarian Caucus. The primary question raised in the letter inquires as to why the US government decided to withdraw the designated support.
They also note that Hungarian independent journalism is becoming more and more suppressed, while the Hungarian government uses public funds to finance media outlets that report news by sources like Russia Today or Sputnik, widely known as mouthpieces of the Russian government.
According to Politico, Marcy Kaptur said in a statement that
“Independent media in Hungary has come under fire from the government. Media consolidated in the hands of a few is a weapon against liberty.”
The 22 Democrats who signed the letter believe that independent journalism in Hungary is under severe threat, so the US should take some measures. Both the U.S. Department of State and the Hungarian embassy in Washington were asked to comment on the issue but both declined to answer any questions.
The spokesperson of the Department of State defended their silence by stating that “We do not comment on congressional correspondence. We respond to congressional inquiries through appropriate channels.”
Back in August David Cornstein,
the new U.S. ambassador in Budapest, stated that he has not experienced any signs of infringements on freedom in Hungary so far.
However, he said that if he noticed anything, he would speak out.
US VALUES HUNGARIAN POLICIES, SAYS ORBÁN CABINET
As we wrote today, the Hungarian government’s policies are increasingly understood and appreciated in the United States, Zoltán Kovács, the government spokesman, said at the end of a four-day official visit that included discussions at think-tanks and media outlets, read more HERE.
For more news, check out this article about an American journalist’s opinion on Hungary.
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