FM Péter Szijjártó: It is unusual for a democratic country to finance the media of an allied democratic country

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It is unusual that "a democratic country" like the United States wants to finance the media of an allied country like Hungary said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Péter Szijjártó at a press-conference in Budapest.

Szijjártó said this by replying to a question regarding news reports about summoning the US envoy to Budapest in the foreign ministry.

"What is this if not an interference in an allied county's internal affairs?" asked Szijjártó.

The foreign minister remarked that they asked several questions from the US department of state, and are still awaiting for answers. One of the questions was in what other allied country does the United States finance the media?

We reject the policy of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, "we do not pursue this kind of policy and we expect from our allies to do the same" said the foreign minister.

The US wants to make a decision on the winning applications in January. "What is this if not an interference in the election campaign, and an interference in Hungary's internal affairs?" Szijjártó asked. (The general elections are expected to be held sometime in April ed.)

As we reported earlier, the US Department of State offers $ 500,000 grants to Hungarian media outlets operating in the countryside; as a requirement to win the award, applicants must provide "objective information on domestic and global issues".

(MTI -


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