Opposition MEPs hold conference on ‘dismantling’ in Hungary

Hungarian opposition MEPs on Tuesday held a conference in Brussels dubbed “Critical Thinking Under Attack – 10 years dismantling Culture, Education, Science and Media in Hungary” with the aim to attract attention to “the effect that illiberalism has not only on the rule of law but also on society”.

The participants presented a report drafted by ELTE Oktatoi Halozat, a network of Hungarian academics under the title “Hungary Turns its back to Europe”. Head of the organisation Anna Gacs told a press conference that the report reflected on “aggressive and centralising trends” in the areas of education, science and culture which “give reason for concern”. She added that “the government generally uses European Union resources for these aggressive reforms”.

Notable scholars have compiled a thorough report on how #Orbán is dismantling #culture, #education, #science and the #media in #Hungary. You can read the English translation of this chilling inquiry here: https://t.co/kDXnJjqnz2 #AcademicFreedom #CEU pic.twitter.com/qJkfBp6YSI

— Momentum Mozgalom (@momentumhu) January 28, 2020

Socialist MEP Istvan Ujhelyi noted that the report had been drafted by independent professionals, without any politician being involved. Katalin Cseh of Momentum said the document revealed in detail Hungary’s “deterioration in the areas of education, culture and science over the past 10 years“.

Pro-#migration opposition MEPs once again attacked #Hungary on a @Europarl_EN event where an “independent” organisation, well known from several anti-govt #political rallies presented its report full of #lies, highlighted MEP Hidvéghi to journalists.#education #media #culture pic.twitter.com/hdpjSyxm4u

— FideszEP (@FideszEP) January 28, 2020

Fidesz MEP Balazs Hidveghi told journalists later that the report was another outrageous political attack against Hungary, because the government opposes immigration.

Source: MTI, Hungary Journal
Photo: EP

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