Gov’t implies migrant shot police officer

October 27, 2016

A police officer was shot dead Wednesday near the western Hungary city of Győr. The assailant, 76-year-old István Győrkös, has been connected to militant nationalist (Hungarista) groups around since the 1990s, and founded the neo-Nazi group Hungarian National Frontline (MNA) in 1989. But all this did not stop the Prime Minister’s Office English-language propaganda site, AboutHungary.hu, from publishing an article about the incident with absolutely no information regarding the assailant’s ties to extremist groups. Instead, the article used a photograph of Hungarian police detaining asylum seekers.

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In its article, the Prime Minister’s Office releases absolutely no details on what happened other than that TEK, Orbán’s counter-terrorism brigade, and Hungarian prosecutors would not comment on the incident.

Shortly after news of the Prime Minister’s Office’s use of the asylum picture was reported by Hungarian press (almost one day after the post was published), AboutHungary.hu changed the photo but did not update the article to include the assailant’s ties and involvement with far-right militant extremist groups.