The foreign ministry has sent a letter to various European embassies requesting information about Hungarian journalists’ trips abroad. They wanted to know the journalists’ affiliation and whom they had met during these trips.
The leak was published on the Facebook site of by telex.hu, the not-yet-running new newspaper of the former index.hu team.
The letter sent on June 2, 2020, asked if embassies had any knowledge of their host countries organizing any work trips, training courses, or study visits for Hungarian journalists in recent years. If so, the letter continued, when did these visits happen, and “what sort of media outlets’ representatives have participated, and what sort of local media outlets have they visited.”
Telex.hu asked the foreign ministry for comments, they answered:
“The MFA – due to its function – does everything necessary to avoid foreign influence in Hungarian internal matters, and in our experience, the Soros-network is usually behind such attacks.”