Berlin embassy employee tries to stop atlatszo.hu journalist from reporting

During the 2014 Berlinale film festival a reception was held by the Hungarian National Film Fund at the Embassy of Hungary inBerlin. It is unclear why the embassy and the Film Fund gave this high-profile reception for 200 guests using public funds, even though this year there were no Hungarian films competing for the main prize.  What’s more, a Hungarian embassy employee tried to stop atlatszo.hu’s journalist from reporting on the event, saying that “we [the embassy] wouldn’t like you to write anything about this [event]”.

Responding to a freedom of information request, the Hungarian National Film Fund published the budget that covered Hungary’s participation at the film festival. The reception at the embassy cost EUR 11.000 and an additional EUR 20.000 was spent on the promotion of two Hungarian films at the festival.

Read the original article posted on 20 March 2014 in Hungarian here.
Editing by Orsolya Gulyás.