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According to the United States, the actions of the Office for the Protection of Sovereignty are deeply troubling and anti-democratic.

According to the United States, the actions of the Office for the Protection of Sovereignty are deeply troubling and anti-democratic.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the implementation of the National Sovereignty Protection Act in Hungary, including the tough actions taken this week by the recently created Office for the Protection of Sovereignty, which aims to work civil society and independent media,” the US State Department said. The announcement was made via Hfg.ho I noticed On the Ministry's website.

On June 25, the Sovereignty Protection Office launched an “individual-comprehensive” investigation against Transparency International Hungary (TI). It is outside the organization A transparent investigative portal also received questions From the office.

At the end of last year, the parliament adopted the Law on the Protection of Sovereignty, as a result of which EU breach proceedings against Hungary were launched. By the way, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister's Office, Gergely Gulyas, said in November that the draft law on the protection of sovereignty had no effect on the press.

In several articles on Telex, we have pointed out how serious the package with which Fidesz wants to “crush pepper” under the noses of “journalists, pseudo-civilians and dollar politicians” financed from abroad is. You can read our articles on this topic here.

The law also established the Office for the Protection of Sovereignty, which then-President Katalin Nowak appointed Tamás Lanzé as head in January. He was previously editor-in-chief of Vigilo magazine, when the paper published “Soros's list” of randomly selected civilians, politicians, journalists and activists. The Office for the Protection of Sovereignty has broad investigative powers, and the text of the proposal does not clarify exactly which organizations the office can investigate. We wrote more about the Sovereignty Protection Office here.

“The Hungarian government’s attempt to harass, intimidate and punish independent organizations runs counter to the principles of democratic governance rooted in the rule of law.

This law does not limit this organization [a Szuverenitásvédelmi Hivatal] Their ability to target the human rights and fundamental freedoms of their citizens and to endanger any state, economic entity, or individual who chooses to cooperate with them. The US State Department said in a statement that the United States will continue to advocate for the protection of civil society organizations and media freedom in the face of these anti-democratic actions.

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This article can also be read in English by clicking here on the Telex English page. There are very few newspapers in Hungary that are independent from politics and report news in English. Telex, on the other hand, is like that, several times a day we publish all the materials in English that have international importance and may be interesting to the English-language reading public: news, political analyses, fact-finding, colorful reports. Take your news to the Telex English column, For our twitter And our weekly newsletter in English among your English-reading friends!

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