RTL Klub reporters banned from Hungarian parliament

May 21, 2015

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The Hungarian parliament press office has temporarily revoked the entry privileges of two RTL Klub employees for asking the prime minister a question in parliament outside of the designated press area.

At the end of April, RTL Klub reporter Vanda Szondi and her cameraman asked Prime Minister Orbán whether Minister of Rural Development Sándor Fazekas would leave his post.

Fazekas’s name had been connected with a growing number of scandals, including one involving the sale of Schengen region visas to Russian nationals in Moscow.

The parliament’s press office soon contacted the RTL Klub employees and informed them that they would not be allowed to enter parliament until June, reports Hungarian news site 444.hu.

According to 444.hu, the two RTL Klub employees have been restricted from entering the parliament because they asked Orbán a question in the wrong hallway, not in the designated press area. The two approached Orbán following a Fidesz fraction meeting.

Referenced in this article:

Orbánt kérdezték, kitiltottak két RTL-est a Parlamentből, HVG.hu; 21 May 2015.