The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is investigating the matter of a left-wing “fake video” on suspicion of misuse of European Union funding, the communications director for governing Fidesz said at a press conference on Saturday.
István Hollik said the “scandalous video” had come to OLAF’s attention because of suspicion that EU monies were used in its production. One of the people who made the video – a former journalist at daily Népszabadság – used EU money to pay an employee: a European Parliament assistant of the opposition Socialists and MEP István Ujhelyi, he said.
He added that EP assistants are paid to complete EP tasks and EP tasks only; working in domestic party politics with EP money is “clearly against the law”.
“But this is exactly what happened: István Ujhelyi’s EP assistant, commissioned by the Socialists, made a video to achieve political party goals, and a fake video, no less, made expressly to create fake news,” Hollik said.
In the video, posted on Facebook, a woman who claimed to work for the ambulance service spoke to a Socialist lawmaker about the state of the Hungarian health-care system.
Hollik noted that the video had been spread by the entire left wing and left-wing media outlets, and was also picked up by foreign media. He said the video had been quickly discovered to be a fabrication and an investigation was launched for disseminating false information to incite unrest.
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