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MTVA head: Jewish Associations’ Accusations against Kossuth Radio New Head ‘Baseless’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.31.

Accusations by Jewish organisations against the new head of public radio’s current affairs channel, Kossuth Radio, are “baseless”, Dániel Papp, the Director-General of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), said on Thursday.

Papp said he guaranteed that public service media served the interests of everyone, regardless of their gender, race or religious identity.

In an open letter, several Jewish organisations including the National Association of the Victims of Nazism protested against the appointment of Beatrix Siklósi, accusing her of spreading views on social media that were anti-Semitic.

Papp wrote to the organisation that he strongly agreed that anti-Semitism in public life was intolerable and that the public service media and commercial channels must counteract it in the strongest possible terms.

“There is a consensus on this in Hungary,” he wrote, adding that citizens and the historical churches cooperated on the matter accordingly. “I assure you public media also follows these principles,” he added.

Siklósi previously ran public media’s M5 cultural channel.

Papp praised Siklósi for her high standard of professional work in the cultural field and her 30 years of service, including her leading work for various charities on behalf of public service media. The recent allegations against Siklósi in the press were “inadmissible”, he added.