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OPPOSITION PARTIES CALL FOR 'SAFEGUARDS FOR CULTURAL FREEDOM'

 

The freedom of culture must be guaranteed in Hungary, four opposition parties told a joint online press conference. Zsolt Gréczy of the Democratic Coalition (DK) said the government-friendly “System of National Cooperation has taken over culture in the past 11 years … and it aims to conquer the intellectual space and shape a new cultural elite by turning over all powerful positions to its own clientele.”
Deputy House Speaker Koloman Brenner of Jobbik said the opposition committee for cultural affairs is proposing setting up an independent ministry of culture. The opposition will review the “excessive competencies” of the Hungarian Academy of the Arts, and restore institutions like the Office of Cultural Heritage, among others, he said.