Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hungarian TV Blocks Anti-Roma Ad

Just days before the impending October 3 elections, Hungarian television blocked the far right Jobbik party commercial that targets Romani people. However, on Monday morning, the National Election Committee upheld the airing, stating that it complied with free speech. Hungarian television was forced to air the ad.

In the ad in question, a young woman who is afraid to go into the street asks "Are Gypsy criminals allowed to do whatever they want?" as a hooded figure lurks. The Jobbik ad says that it targets "Hungary's parasites". But it clearly targets Romani people. (source) The Jobbik plan is to place them in what they term as "Public Protective Camps". Let's pray that they are not elected.

~Robin Andreae

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