Reports: HírTV publishes police files of protestors
According to an interview and recent media reports, Hungarian commercial TV channel HírTV, which carries government friendly news, is publishing confidential information about anti-government activists that the TV station apparently obtained from police or prosecutors. Some of the victims say they will sue.
Balázs Gulyás, who organized the recent demonstrations that brought down the internet tax, said he received a call from an unknown number to find a HírTV staff member asking him about a road accident in which he had been involved. "Only my inner family knew about it, so it was obviously leaked by the authorities," Gulyás told the Budapest Business Journal.
“I was in a road accident and it was my fault. I did not leave the scene and cooperated with the authorities, and as the proceedings are soon ending, I’ll be fined HUF 200,000” Gulyás told Hungarian news portal 444.hu, adding that he is considering a lawsuit against the TV station.
Zsolt Várady, the founder of now discontinued Hungarian social networking site iWiw, on Thursday said that HírTV published news about him being involved in drug possession in 2003, leaking confidential police documents, Hungarian online news portal index.hu reported on Thursday. Várady has been an active advocate of anti-government demonstrations that have been occurring around the country over the past few weeks.
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