The foreign minister said a “global fake news campaign” has been launched around Hungary’s recent anti-paedophile law to “mislead the general public”.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg, Péter Szijjártó said that critics of the contested law have “formed their opinion based on that campaign”. The law does not discriminate against any social group, it is “about just one thing: protecting Hungarian children,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, the Hungarian foreign ministry has said that a recent statement by the British Embassy in Budapest “shows a complete lack of information” and was written based on “malevolent misinterpretation and false news”. Hungary’s recent paedophile legislation is “aimed at protecting children” and to ensure “parents’ exclusive right to provide education to their children concerning sexual orientation,” the statement said. The law is not aimed against any community and “does not concern the sexual orientation of adults,” the ministry insisted.