Ministry mulls suing NY Times article over article on refugees

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry is planning legal action against the New York Times for an article that said a Hungarian prison guard beat a woman who spurned his advances, Hungarian daily Magyar Idők reported today. The Interior Ministry reportedly requested the legal action and charged that the Times did not contact Hungarian authorities about a story that is not true.

Screen capture of the online article published on the webpage of the New York Times.

The New York Times article, published on Saturday and entitled “On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse”, discusses the violence refugee women in Europe can face and says that a Syrian refugee woman “was beaten unconscious by a Hungarian prison guard after refusing his advances.”

The Hungarian Prison Service (BVOP) refuted the articleʼs claim, telling Magyar Idők that Hungarian penitentiary institutions only keep adult men under the law on alien custody, and therefore refugee women could not come into contact with Hungarian prison guards.

Experts reportedly told the Hungarian daily that the journalist’s failure to contact Hungarian authorities about the story is a serious breach of press ethics. The paper says that the Hungarian government is seeking the possibility to publish its views on the issue in the New York Times.

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