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Jan 19, 2018

Eleven US congressmen pen letter urging State Department to axe funding for independent media outlets in Hungary

In the letter, Harris denounced actions by the U.S. to fund so-called "opposition media" and said it amounted to meddling in the domestic politics of a democratic ally

Republican congressman Andy Harris has been joined by ten of his peers in signing a letter urging the State Department to axe funding for independent media outlets in Hungary. 

In the letter, Harris denounced actions by the U.S. to fund so-called "opposition media" and said it amounted to meddling in the domestic politics of a democratic ally.

The congressmen strongly railed against the State Department's plan to provide as much as 700,000 USD in funding to "supporting objective media in Hungary". He urged the U.S to scrap the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), calling for it to be "suspended immediately".

The representatives highlighted the importance of forging fair and close ties with its ally to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The letter also points out how the V4 is an important avenue for the U.S in central Europe, with Hungary at the heart of the alliance.

The congressmen suggested that leaders from the two countries should meet to discuss the issues faced to maximize Hungarian-American cooperation.

Read the letter in its entirety here.