PM backs drug test for journalists and politicians

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that “employees of public trust” [journalists and politicians] can expect to be subject to annual drug tests, but children would be exempt according to a revision to the previous proposal, Hungarian online daily valasz.hu reported today.

“The drug mafia is growing continuously and is threatening our entire society. It needs to be clarified who stands where” the prime minister said, ensuring that the planned proposal of mandatory drug testing would be carried out for politicians and journalist, but would exclude children between the ages of 12 and 18 as the “child is under the parent’s care and not the state’s”. However, Orbán added that if a parent initiates the process, the child would be tested.

The mayor of Budapest’s District 8 had originally proposed a bill which would introduce mandatory annual drug tests for journalists, children between the ages of 12 and 18 and politicians, international news agency Associated Press reported on December 6. Hungary’s governing party Fidesz appears to be in support of the proposal, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported on December 6.

 

 

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