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RTL Klub news crew banned from Parliament

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The editorial team of RTL Klub, Hungary’s largest television channel, has been banned from making recordings in the Hungarian Parliament for an undetermined period of time, online daily 444.hu reported today.

An official letter sent to RTL Klub, a commercial station, said its editorial staff violated the rules of Hungarian Parliament when they recorded video in a corridor of the building, where such activities were not allowed, according to the institution’s rules, 444.hu reports.

RTL Klub reported yesterday evening during its TV news show that the channel’s editorial team wished to report on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s joint press statement with NATO officials yesterday, but their camera crew and journalists were not granted access. RTL Klub said a press announcement was published on NATO’s website prior to the event, but RTL reporters were not allowed to enter the room, only state-owned, all news channel M1 and Hungarian news agency MTI.

Yesterday evening, RTL broadcast the recording of their attempt to enter the room, in which government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács asked RTL journalists to respect the decision to keep them out.

RTL reported yesterday that they were told that if they aired this recording they would be banned from the building. They did air it, and they were banned, according to reports.

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