“On several occasions, I myself have hired journalists to promote the material of think-tank fellows. So, the game was not very evenly matched," said Andrei Nosko, who believes that the language also makes it relatively easy to misrepresent what is happening in Hungary.
“Not many foreign journalists speak Hungarian, so they can't talk to ordinary people, for example, and they can't read the local news,” Nosko explained.
“I say this from my own experience, as I knew several former correspondents who could neither speak nor read Hungarian,” Andrej Nosko said in the interview. Therefore, most of them can only rely on secondary sources.
Nosko added that these secondary sources are often highly biased, among other things, about the legitimacy of the Hungarian government. According to him, for example, there is typically no mention of the fact that the Hungarian cabinet is actually very popular with a large part of society. "Instead, they say that the government maintains its power by restricting freedom," Nosko concluded.
Nosko is not alone among the insiders of the left-liberal mainstream who have recently spoken out against the bloc’s bias against Hungary and Poland. Just last week, in a series of private conversations, former liberal Spanish MEP Carolina Punset revealed that, in her view, the true enemies of freedom of expression are not Hungary and Poland, but the advocates of political correctness in Brussels.
According to Punset, if MEPs have truly adopted a principled position on freedom of expression, they should take a stand against the violent attacks on journalists and teachers, the case of Charlie Hebdo and Samuel Paty, for example. Instead, liberal MEPs are focusing their attacks on places like Hungary and Poland, where freedom of expression is still defended from the shackles of political correctness.
Is it me, or does this have a familiar ring? It’s a serious day indeed when people like this start sounding like yours truly.
Photo credit: Facebook - Andrej Nosko