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Dec 07, 2018

Brussels tries to censor a Hungarian government mobile advertisement campaign highlighting terrorist attacks in Europe

The Hungarian government commissioned the van with a billboard to drive around Brussels highlighting the consequences of the EU‘s migration policies, which led to several hundred people dying in terrorist attacks throughout Europe

Brussels is in the process of trying to ban a Hungarian government mobile advertisement campaign highlighting terrorist attacks in Europe, says a government official.

Csaba Dömötör, state secretary at the Cabinet Office, said in a video message on the government’s Facebook page that the Hungarian government commissioned the van with a billboard to drive around Brussels highlighting the consequences of the EU‘s migration policies, which led to several hundred people dying in terrorist attacks throughout Europe. “Yet leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Guy Verhofstadt insists there is no migration crisis in Europe.”

According to MTI, the van was stopped by police on Wednesday and they “forced” the driver to remove the billboard while forbidding a recording to be made of their action. “This shows that there is censorship in Brussels and efforts are being made to ban the government campaign,” Dömötör said.

The state secretary pointed out that this is unacceptable because the billboard van is a legal and an important way of expressing an opinion. It is unacceptable that Verhofstadt could express his opinion but they want to ban us Hungarians from doing so. “We insist that the opinion of Hungarians should also be represented in the debate,” he said.

On the other foot, European Liberals launched a van campaign in Brussels in early November which later moved to Hungary. Their poster showed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the following sentence in English on one side: “First he took our money, now he wants to destroy Europe.” The other side of the poster displayed the following message written in Hungarian: “Initially he just wanted our money, now Europe’s unity is at stake.”