Days ahead of the Hungary’s national election, the Associated Press (AP) has published an article slamming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as “far-right”, citing “experts” from foundations funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros.
The article, entitled, “Far-right views going mainstream in much of Central Europe”, claims that many countries in Central Europe, including Hungary and Poland, are championing “taboo” views.
The authors of the piece cite Tom Junes, a historian with the Human and Social Studies Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, who said: “There is something broader going on in the region which has produced a patriotic, nativist, conservative discourse through which far-right ideas managed to become mainstream.”
Later, the Hungarian government campaign against the influence of pro-mass migration NGOs funded by Hungarian-born Soros is referred to as, “demonizing the financier and philanthropist”, and “falsely portraying the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor as an advocate of uncontrolled immigration into Europe”.
The campaign, which has involved passing laws to foster greater transparency for foreign-funded organisations operating in Hungary, was also labelled “a state-sponsored conspiracy theory with anti-Semitic overtones”, despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing support for Orbán in his campaigns against anti-Semitism.