Helsinki Committee names Fidesz in defamation suit

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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is turning to court over a public announcement by Fidesz entitled “Helsinki Committee should stop lying about immigrants”, according to reports. The Helsinki Committee is charging that the ruling party made defamatory comments about them, online daily 444.hu reported on Friday.

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech last week in the European Parliament, Gábor Gyulai of the Helsinki Committee had said that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been confusing immigrants with refugees since February.

Reacting to the committee’s statement, Fidesz said that the “faux NGO Helsinki Committee is unabashedly trying to forge black and white data”. The statement by Fidesz said that “We urge the Helsinki Committee to stop lying and, at least in a serious and crucial issue like this, stop being concerned with stuffing their pockets with the money of George Soros [Hungarian-born American business magnate].”

In response to the party’s announcement, the committe said that “it is difficult to decide, whether [...] the public announcement [by Fidesz] resembles Germany of the 1930s or the communist bloc of the 1950s.” The committee said in its response that it is turning to the court over what it says is defamation by the party.

During his university years, Orbán received a scholarship from the Soros Foundation and spent four months in Oxford, England, where he studied at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in 1989, according to his CV posted on the Parliament’s official website. Orbán halted his studies in England and came back to Hungary for the elections held in 1990.

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