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24th November, 2017

Nearly Ft 5bn spent on gov’t propaganda

Nearly Ft 5 billion of taxpayers’ money was spent on government propaganda in the third quarter of 2017, HirTV said on Thursday, citing Cabinet Office advertisement costs data obtained by Átlátszó.

Most of that amount has landed at media firms close to the government, it added.

The government’s campaign against Hungarian-born US financier George Soros was the most expensive project at a cost of Ft 2.3 billion. Erzsébet camps were promoted for Ft 1.3 billion, the world aquatics championships’ promotion cost Ft 490 million and advertisement of various government measures cost a further Ft 846 million.

The state paid Ft 1.2 billion to the media empire of Felcsút mayor Lõrinc Mészáros, who, according to the local press, acts on behalf of the prime minister.

The Cabinet Office charged Átlátszó Ft 26,000 for supplying it with the data.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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