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Report: MTVA rejects former MTI reporterʼs claims

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Hungary’s Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) rejected the idea that the coverage of Hungarian news agency MTI could be biased by the government, Hungarian online daily 444.hu reported today.

In response to questions related to former MTI reporter János Kárpáti’s statements suggesting that MTI is not public media but “government media”, MTVA said that reporters do not have to discuss questions they are about to ask government officials with their supervisors, nor are any of the published articles being influenced. 

MTVA added that the operation of the agency is in harmony with the basic principles of impartial and objective reporting, 444.hu reported.

Speaking at a conference about self-censorship in Brussels, Kárpárti said the Hungarian government influences state-owned media to propagate messages of its leadership.

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