HUNGARY: SEEMO calls on authorities to in Hungary to cease persecution of NGOs

HUNGARY, HUNGARY, 16/07/2017, 15:50

Vienna, 16 July 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) called on authorities in Hungary to cease their recent attempts to institutionally vilify the role and actions of civil society organisations in the country.

The government of Hungary has put into action a nationwide advertising campaign consisting of billboard and television ads that disparage the role and importance of civil society organisations which protect and stand for the rights of refugees and humane immigration policies. The government behind Prime Minister Viktor Orban aims to disenfranchise non-governmental human rights organisations in the country, especially those that are aided by Hungarian-American businessman and investor George Soros.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.

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