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Hungary accuses US of meddling by funding 'objective' media

AP  |  Budapest 

Hungary's foreign minister is accusing the United States of meddling in his country's internal affairs and upcoming campaign by offering funds for "objective" media.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto today said that the US action was "shocking and unusual" among allies.

The US has expressed concerns about "negative trends" for press freedom in Hungary, such as a dwindling number of independent outlets and the increasing control people close to the have in the media market.

The US State Department last week called for grant applications from media outlets in Hungary based outside Budapest. One goal of the USD 700,000 program is to "increase citizens' access to objective information about domestic and global issues of public importance."

The projects would be launched between May and July 2018. Hungary's is in April.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 20:22 IST