Wiesenthal Center: Hungarian Supreme Court Decision Forbidding Local Media to Call Jobbik "Far Right" Political Party Grants Legitimacy to Those Who Least Deserve It

June 9, 2014

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly criticized a decision by Hungary's Supreme Court which recently ruled that local media cannot refer to the Jobbik party as "far-right."

In a statement issued today by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center asserted that the decision ignored Jobbik's record of unequivocally anti-Roma and anti-Semitic activities and statements since its inception, and thereby granted the party a degree of legitimacy which it clearly did not deserve.

According to Zuroff:

"It is difficult to understand how an august judicial body like the Supreme Court could render such a decision which ignores Jobbik's consistent record of right-wing extremism and incitement against minorities. Instead of allowing the media to expose the sinister discriminatory agenda of this neo-fascist political entity, it has granted Jobbik a degree of legitimacy which will increase its popularity to the detriment of all of Hungarian society."

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