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10th July, 2019

Index reporter banned from Parliament

Index journalist Tamás Fábián was banned from entering Parliament until the end of the year on Tuesday, because of an interview he conducted in a corridor.

After the hearing of justice minister nominee Judit Varga by a parliamentary committee last Thursday, Fábián stopped state secretary Pál Völner for a brief interview. He also asked questions of Varga, who did not reply, while Völner said a few sentences.

Parliament’s Office told Index that the journalist had pushed the politicians, who “firmly rejected the use of force”.

It added that Fábián had consciously broken media rules in Parliament on two previous occasions and is therefore banned from Parliament and the Parliamentary Office Building until January 1.

Index maintains that Fábián did not push anybody, did not insult anybody and did not use force.

“He walked alongside the politicians, held his telephone to Völner to record what he had to say. Völner repeatedly pushed our colleague’s hand aside and then they had an argument about who was pushing whom.”

Index will file an appeal against the decision.

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