Hungary’s Media Council has rejected the recent charge of Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek that it had violated the law with its failure to explain in detail its decision about her complaint.
Lunacek turned to the council, the top body of Hungary’s media watchdog NMHH, because journalist Zsolt Bayer had called her a “crazy liar, an idiot” in a February programme of Hungarian television channel Echo TV.
The authority decided not to deal with the affair, arguing that it did not fall in its scope. On Tuesday, Lunacek filed a complaint at a Budapest court asking for legal remedy.
The Media Council had added a seven-page explanation to its resolution sent to the Austrian Green politician.
Commercial channel Echo TV, for which Bayer is a host, in January quoted Lunacek as saying that there were anti-Semitic slogans displayed at the Peace March.
The demonstration called ‘Peace March’, organised by conservative public figures including Bayer this January, was attended by 400 thousand people in support of the government.