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Further ruminations on Lázár’s Vienna video

March 10th, 2018

A liberal commentator suspects that Mr Lázár wants to divert attention from corruption through anti-immigrant fear-mongering. A pro-government blog accuses the liberal media of falsifying facts in order to help the opposition parties in the campaign.

In Heti Világgazdaság, Tamás Gomperz thinks that János Lázár made himself look ridiculous with his Vienna footage, in a clumsy attempt to divert public attention from issues which are awkward for Fidesz. The liberal commentator contends that Mr Lázár’s statements were racist fabrications. Gomperz cites international comparative surveys to prove that Vienna is one of the most liveable cities in the world. This explains why Vienna is so popular among migrants, including Hungarians who go abroad to work, Gomperz continues. He concludes by suggesting that the government constantly focusses on migrants, so that its members do not have to speak about the corruption scandals in their own ranks.

888.hu accuses liberal media outlets of falsifying facts and ignoring statistics on crime in Vienna. Media outlets ‘serving foreign interests’ turn a bind eye to official Austrian surveys which show that crime has increased by 6.6 per cent in Austria since the migrant crisis, and Favoriten, the district Mr Lázár visited was the most unsafe part of Vienna, the pro-government blog writes. According to the data released by the Interior Ministry, in 2016 only 60.1 per cent of all crimes in Austria were committed by Austrian citizens, in the rest of the cases, perpetrators were foreigners. Quoting other surveys, 888.hu notes that young Austrians whose mother tongue is other than German are twice as likely to lose their jobs than the average. 888.hu concludes by claiming that the liberal media distorts reality in order to help the opposition parties.

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