The foreign minister said the European Union is drifting increasingly farther away from the fundamental values that made it strong, but Hungary remains committed to those values.
According to MTI, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday that the Hungarian government last year had spent 6.2 percent of GDP on family support measures, three times the OECD average. In regard to Hungary’s contested child protection law, the minister said it was about giving parents the exclusive right to decide on the sex education of their children. He said it was untrue that the law was against the LGBTQ community, arguing that it did not apply to adults. Minister Szijjártó also called migration one of the biggest challenges and a dangerous phenomenon which posed security, cultural and now with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic even health risks.
Addressing criticisms of the state of media freedom in Hungary, he said that media freedom to the mainstream meant that “95 percent of the media is liberal”. The Hungarian government, on the other hand, believes it means that all media outlets and journalists can freely express their opinions irrespective of their political and ideological views, he said. Minister Szijjártó said the reason behind the criticism levelled at Hungary was that the country had recently seen a rise in conservative media outlets. If those criticising Hungary understood Hungarian, they would see that Hungary’s leading media outlets in every market segment are critical of the government, he added.
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