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Fidesz MEPs Protest Against the European Parliament’s “Smear Campaign”

Mariann Őry 2022.10.04.
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In a letter to the European Parliament’s President, MEPs of the governing Fidesz party protested against the “unprecedented smear campaign” of the EP and its local offices.

“Over the past few days, the social media platforms of the European Parliament and several Member State’s EP liaison offices have published content that grossly attacks Hungary and misrepresents our country,” the delegation of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

“We reject in the strongest possible terms this concerted smear campaign, which is unprecedented in the European Parliament’s communication practice”, wrote Kinga Gál, President of the Fidesz EP delegation, and Tamás Deutsch, Head of the Fidesz EP delegation, in their letter to Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament. They called on Metsola to put an end to the “fake news campaign” and to hold those responsible to account.

According to the statement, the content in question has appeared over the past few days appeared in at least 12 languages (in English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Finnish, German, Greek, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, and Spanish ) on the social media platforms of the European Parliament.

The social media content is based on the recent report by French green MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield. According to the Fidesz MEPs, the findings of the report are biased.

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“The fact that the left-wing majority in the European Parliament has been waging a political vendetta against the Hungarian government for a decade is itself a sign of undermining European cooperation, but it is entirely unacceptable for the European Parliament’s administration to engage in a massive disinformation campaign against one of the member states”, highlighted the MEPs.

Featured photo via the European Parliament

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