Hungary: Tancsics Prize returned

Echo TV pundit Ferenc Szaniszló announced on Wednesday that he planned to hand back the Tancsics Prize, a top state award for journalism, at the request of Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog. In his regular appearances on the nationalistic television news channel, Szaniszló has become known for his antisemitic rhetoric, racist outbursts against Hungary’s Roma population and conspiracy theories.

Both the US and Israeli embassies had called on the government to withdraw the award, something Balog, who presented it at a ceremony on 15 March, said was not within his powers.

Szaniszló said his opponents had twisted his words and succeeded in misleading not just Balog but ambassadors, domestic and international media, and foreign governments.

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