Tit for tat as Fidesz, ALDE release attack videos

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The communications war between the Hungarian government and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is escalating, with both publishing attack videos against each other.

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The Hungarian government has launched a fresh anti-EU media campaign regarding what it has repeatedly dubbed the "Soros-Sargentini" report since the latter was approved by the EP last week.

On September 18, the government published a video on Facebook, dismissing the report, which details 12 various issues in Hungary such as corruption and the independence of the judiciary, as a pro-migration fabrication and calls upon Hungarians to protect the country.

Furthermore, the video shows the reportʼs author, Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, and Guy Verhofstadt, the Belgian leader of the ALDE grouping, in front of Hungarian-born billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, who has long been the target of government campaigns in recent years, implying collusion between them.

The following day, a video was posted on ALDEʼs Twitter account, citing nepotism, the unfair distribution of EU funds, and corruption in Hungary. The video mentions several figures by name, such as the investor Lőrinc Mészáros, a close associate of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán whose wealth has mushroomed spectacularly since the current government came to power, and István Tiborcz, the premierʼs son-in-law, referencing his involvement in a scandal connected to a contract for city street lighting.

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