Fidesz is protecting murderers

As Malta, mysteriously enough, has failed to make any progress in the investigation of the popular fact-finding journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination during the two years that passed since her death, the Council of Europe decided to launch an independent, unbiased investigation within three months. The resolution was adopted with a clear majority: 72 votes for and 18 against. The 18 opponents of the decision included four Fidesz delegates who went against a significant part of Europe. Not for the first time.

Throughout her 30-year-long career, Daphne Caruana Galizia became one of Malta’s most popular and internationally acclaimed journalists who had been publishing fact-finding reports on the Labour Party government’s corrupt deals, including the traces leading to Azerbaijan. Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb attack in the autumn of 2017. Her case has been marginalized ever since. That’s exactly what the Council of Europe wants to change; the body which was established to protect the rule of law and human rights after the end of World War II.

Considering the case’s Azerbaijani connections, it comes as no surprise that the 18 opponents included all Azerbaijani delegates. As a matter of fact, I am not very surprised by the three no-name Fidesz delegates who are obviously paid just to make sure that Orbán always has enough fans around in Parliament; they are never expected to make responsible decisions. However, I was more surprised by the NO vote of Zsolt Németh, a member of Fidesz’ old, “Euro-Atlantic” wing, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Hungarian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Apparently, everyone is required to toe the line even when it comes to saving the backside of murderers.

At the moment that’s exactly what Fidesz is doing and proudly, too: the party’s communiqué says the resolution on the Galizia investigation is a political attack against Malta. Yes, you read it right. When nearly all European countries criticize Malta for not acting on the case of a journalist allegedly killed by political and organized crime groups, Fidesz says it’s a political attack. Of course, we remember what Fidesz said when Slovakian investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée were killed: Fidesz kept blaming Soros and the pro-immigration groups for the street protests against Robert Fico’s government. Back then, Fidesz’ friendship with left-wing Fico and his anti-Hungarian extremist coalition partner was more important for them than the death of two innocent people. Now the Maltese Labour Party and the corrupt Azeri and Russian deals are more important for them than the assassination of a journalist. What could we expect from Orbán who, cynically enough, discusses the issue of tolerating Islam with the president of Myanmar, where the army is committing genocide against the country’s native Muslim minority (in the view of 99 per cent of the world, excluding Myanmar and Fidesz). According to Orbán, Zsolt Németh and the others, these are all domestic affairs, nothing to see here. Of course, when it comes to Nikola Gruevski’s case, that’s not a domestic affair of Northern Macedonia, since he belongs to the same corrupt group which Fidesz protects at all costs, domestically and abroad alike.

What should we, Hungarians say to that? Opposition politicians, journalists, public figures or citizens with an opinion; what should they say? Should we just keep silent unless we have a good life insurance? If you are accused of having political motivations just because you raise concerns about the violent death of an investigative journalist, what should we, Hungarians expect, considering that we live in a country ruled by such an authoritarian government? That’s what the government has in store for us: if we keep silent, we may as well die of infection in a run-down hospital, and if we protest, we might get taken out as part of a Hungarian domestic affair. Have we arrived back in 1952 yet?

Many of us thought that the civilized world had reached a certain level where public figures, the “voices of the people” are protected and journalists, investigative reporters and opposition politicians don’t get shot dead or blown up. This is never just a domestic affair, it’s an international norm. However, a new political coalition or party family seems to be formed, where corrupt deals overrule everything and average citizens are oppressed, and if they dare to speak out, they are oppressed even more. This is not a right- or left-wing alliance; it’s a party family of murderers and organized criminals. That’s what Fidesz exchanged the European People’s Party for. And now, hypocritically enough, they are protecting the murderers. Do we really want to live in a country like this?


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