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Hungary slams critical German kids TV show

The Local · 23 Mar 2013, 08:23

Published: 23 Mar 2013 08:23 GMT+01:00

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"Children should not to be subjected to political brain-washing," Orban said in his weekly interview on state radio Friday. "Making a programme for children out of lies and untrue facts would be unimaginable in Hungary," he added.

A spokesman said that the report was "tasteless" and that Hungary was considering legal action.

The report, broadcast on March 16 by state-owned German children's channel Kika in the form of a cartoon, said that Hungarian media "can't always report freely" and that Orban's ruling Fidesz party "only wants its citizens to get positive news".

Combined with the recent curbing of the powers of the constitutional court, "it looks very much like Hungarian politicians sometimes don't stick to the common rules of the European Union", the report on the "Logo!" programme said.

The foreign ministry said in a statement Friday that the government had repeatedly denied claims that constitutional amendments earlier this month - which raised concerns in Brussels and Washington - reduced the powers of the constitutional court.

Despite widespread criticism, Orban, who came to power in 2010, has ploughed ahead with the reforms that analysts say will tilt the 2014 election in his favour, earning him the dubious nickname "Viktator" at a rally in

Budapest last weekend.

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A spokeswoman for ZDF in Germany, which together with fellow public broadcaster ARD owns Kika, said the report "speaks for itself" and had no further comment to make.


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11:00 March 23, 2013 by SuperJohn
Due to the constitutional changes and alterations to laws controlling the media that are taking place in Hungary, that country will soon, if it's not already the case, no longer comply with the criteria for being an EU member. It will have the same amount of political plurality as the Ukraine - what will the EU do? Throw them out? Heavily sanction them? I fear not. Dither? set up the European equivalent of a Royal Enquiry? Sadly very likely.

What a pity that it was left to a childrens TV channel to comment.on this state of affairs.
15:17 March 23, 2013 by The-ex-pat
It is not just this story about Hungary. My children like Logo and watch it every night, however, we always discuss each story after the show. Brain washing takes place on just about every story. It is always one sided and pushing old out dated and disproved ideas!
22:39 March 23, 2013 by sonriete
Pushing politics on little children is precisely what the former Soviet block did.
10:42 March 24, 2013 by crm114
"Pushing politics on little children is precisely what the former Soviet block did."

And that is exactly what the EU commission nave been doing for some years now by providing teaching materials to schools, funded by you and I , which promote favourable views on ever closer union. Then of course there are the plans to expand the "European Schools" system to promote the emergence of a European identity from an early age. Some things never change eh.
21:09 April 2, 2013 by Opeth_fan
Germany are not exactly better at following EU rules now are they?
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