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Coronavirus: Párbeszéd Wants Gov’t to Provide ‘Open and Straightforward’ Info to Public

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.26.

The opposition Párbeszéd party is submitting a bill to parliament aimed at obliging the government to provide “open and straightforward” information to the public in times of an emergency.

Government press conferences should “allow enough time for questions to be asked”, while participants should provide “real answers” rather than “unilateral declarations”, Párbeszéd’s spokesman, Richárd Barabás, told an online press conference on Thursday.

Concerning details of Párbeszéd’s package, Barabás said the government should provide daily information as to the geographical spread of cases and the age groups affected, as well as available health-care capacities.

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Further, government briefings on the coronavirus situation should be held by epidemiologists, Barabás said. He called for “this law-enforcement approach” to be dropped, adding that “we are in the midst of an epidemic, not a war”.

On another subject, Barabás said that changes to the penal code proposed by the government would result in an unjustified restriction of the freedom of expression.

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI