The hate campaign against Echo TV journalist Ferenc Szaniszló took a new twist today as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis by joining her Israeli counterpart issued a statement urging the Hungarian government to take back Ferenc Szaniszló's “Táncsics” Prize.
It is most regrettable that the Human Resources Ministry's communiqué released today announces that the Hungarian government still hasn't found the way to revoke the award given to the journalist reads the statement issued by the American Embassy.
It is "deeply disappointing" that the prize was given to a media worker who is using hate speech. The fact that the award was given to an individual who advocates intolerance, coupled with another incident when the Hungarian government has failed to strongly condemn the racist remarks of one of the governing party's founding members (Here, the ambassador made an allusion to Zsolt Bayer's article about gypsy crime ed.) cast a shadow over the government's positive steps taken in the fight against racism and hate speech says the U.S. ambassador.
(Notes: We are expecting that soon other embassies join the show. Echo TV on the other hand, should be very grateful for the free public exposure that the television station otherwise could not have afforded (Any advertising is good advertising). The same applies to journalist Ferenc Szaniszló. Before the scandal, only Hungarians knew his name. Today, thanks to short-sighted politicians, the entire world knows his name. The TV magazine “Világ-Panoráma” has also received a big shot in the arm; the program had been popular even before the fresh scandal erupted; but after getting this free exposure Szaniszló has to work even harder to make the show more inspiring as the expectations of new viewers will surely grow in the future.)
(magyarhirlap.hu – hungarianambiance.com)