As the MIMC Organization has already reported, the German public state owned channel DW published a manipulated report about Hungarian anti-Semitism. Now the Hungarian Spectrum, edited by Éva S. Balogh, publicly stood by the report.
The Hungarian-Jewish news portal Neokohn has reached one of the Jewish persons interviewed in the original DW report, who confirmed that DW has not been open to him about the subject of the report and has manipulated his words.(1)
Hungarian Spectrum, edited by Éva S. Balogh, a Hungarian historian living in the United States, wrote of the DW report as follows:
“A couple of ordinary citizens were interviewed (by DW) who made critical remarks about the government’s efforts to recreate a world that no longer exists. In fact, Magyar Nemzet went so far as to visit one of the men who had been interviewed to inquire what exactly he had said and what he meant by it. Given the atmosphere in Hungary, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the poor man was frightened to death and wished he had ignored the German journalists (…) This is the state of German-Hungarian relations in Orbán’s Hungary today.”(2)
In fact, the interviewee confirmed not only for Magyar Nemzet, but also for Neokohn that his words were taken out of context by DW.
This is not the first time that the Hungarian Spectrum has distorted news about Hungary.
Earlier this month, Éva S. Balogh wrote an article about the president of the neo-Nazi Jobbik party, Péter Jakab.
Balogh wrote of him as a man who “seems to have a healthy attitude toward own selfhood, which, by the way, doesn’t seem to include Jewish identity or consciousness. Jakab spent his childhood and practically his entire adult life in Miskolc, where, after finishing university, he taught history in Kalyi Jag Roma Minority Secondary and Vocational School in town.”
As the MIMC Organization has pointed out, however, Jakab has a long history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Roma comments.(3).