There has been a systematic smear campaign against Hungary since the 2010 elections, whereby large-circulation newspapers, television shows and other media tendentiously spread false and discrediting news on a daily basis. These news reports attempt to convince public opinion, which is unfamiliar with the Hungarian reality, that democracy has been undermined in Hungary, that minorities are persecuted, that the press is not free, that ordinary people must fear, that anti-Semitism and prejudice are raging, and that an extreme right-wing elite is getting ready to introduce a totalitarian dictatorship.
These news reports bear no relation to the reality. There is democracy in Hungary, nobody is discriminated against due to their origins and everybody is free to publish their own opinions. The new Fundamental Law of Hungary, which replaced the former Stalinist Constitution with a twenty-year delay after elimination of the socialist dictatorship, is in line with European standards and the finest traditions of more than one thousand years of Hungarian statehood.
We follow these news reports with ever growing concern, because the twentieth century taught us many times that media smear campaigns against countries stigmatized as guilty were sometimes followed by actual military intervention. We do not wish to share the fate of countries declared guilty, so we ask you to inform yourselves about the actual state of Hungary’s affairs in person or, if that is not possible, through reliable people, and from as many sources as possible.
The centre-right conservative camp won a victory resulting in the highest achievable two-thirds majority through democratic elections in Hungary in 2010. This victory occurred because the vast majority of society had had enough of the damage caused by the post-communist left-wing and liberal leadership.
We call this great spiritual change the "two-thirds revolution" because it resulted in a social revolution that enabled the closure of the temporary post-communist era within a constitutional framework. This highly ambivalent era was dominated by a left wing whose motto was: "It may not be moral, but it is legal."
More and more of our fellow Hungarians who emigrated in the past to Germany, England and other countries, including the United States, report that they are asked almost every day there about events in Hungary and the explanation for the terrible news that the local newspapers inform them about. We cannot answer each of these false allegations, partly because we would not have enough time and partly because these media outlets are unwilling to give room to our opinions.
You should realize, however, that this is not a crusade against Hungary. This crusade is the reaction of the left-wing and liberal intellectuals dominating the international media to the devastating defeat the Hungarian voters inflicted on them and the conservative revolution in Hungary. The leftists and liberals fear a Europe-wide conservative shift, which is why they wish to wipe out the results of the Hungarian change and launched a smear campaign against us.
We said in the most critical period that "we believe in the power of love and unity". This belief not only enabled us to close the chaotic post-communist era after twenty years once and for all, but also to protect the results of our decisions. At marches attended by half a million people, extraordinary numbers by European terms, we took an oath to protect the government, which we elected ourselves, against external attacks.
Please believe us that the people of the 1956 revolution knows today too that hard work, fair democracy, national independence, tolerance and mutual understanding are capable of miraculous things. Please convince yourselves of the truth of our statements in person. Finally, please convey the message of the Hungarians to all citizens of the European Union: "We continue to believe steadfastly in the power of love and unity"
Budapest, April 2013
Dr. Andrasofszky Barna, Albert Gábor, Balassa Sándor, Bándy Péter, dr. Bárdi László, Bayer Zsolt, dr. Békeffy Magdolna, Bencsik András, Bencsik Gábor, dr. Bíró Zoltán, Callmeyer Ferenc, Császár Angela, Csete György, Csizmadia László, dr. Csókay András, Dörner György, Erkel Tibor, Fricz Tamás, dr. Galgóczy Gábor, dr. Gedai István, dr. Gyulay Endre, dr. Hámori József, Hampel Katalin, Huth Gergely, Jókuthy Zoltán, Juhász Judit, dr. Kellermayer Miklós, dr. Kisida Elek, Kondor Katalin, dr. Kováts-Németh Mária, dr. Körmendi Béla, dr. Lentner Csaba, dr. Marton Ádám, May Attila, Méry Gábor, Monspart Sarolta, Náray-Szabó Gábor, Osztie Zoltán, Palkovics Imre, dr. Papp Lajos, Pataky Attila, Pozsgai Zsolt, Pozsonyi Ádám, Schulek Ágostonné, dr. Szabó József, dr. Szakter Mátyás, Szalay Károly, Szarka Eszter, Szarka István, dr. Szíjártó István, Szőnyi Kinga, Szűcs Julianna, Takács Zsuzsa, Tamás Menyhért, Tóth Gy. László, dr. Tóth Kálmán, Turcsány Péter, Weinwurm Árpád, dr. Weinzierl Tamás, Zárug Péter, Zsoldos Ferenc