For a country known for the majestic Danube River, rhapsodies by Liszt, ancient castles, the world’s best paprika and, of course, the Gabor sisters, Hungary still has an image problem.
“The conservative ruling party is fighting critics who want to link it to a right-wing party whose members regularly rail against Jews.
Fidesz, the major party in the governing coalition, also has been accused of suppressing human rights by championing a new constitution that placed some restrictions on TV and radio broadcasts and on disreputable churches run by scam artists.
The task to tell Hungary’s story has fallen to a 37-year-old economist and political scientist named Ferenc Kumin with the impressive title of deputy state secretary for international communications. (...)
Mr. Kumin complained that Hungarian reporters, liberals like most U.S. journalists, write one-sided stories about Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and foreign correspondents pick up the articles and spread the misinformation. (...)
Mr. Kumin said the weight of the criticism about the new constitution and efforts to link the conservative Fidesz party with the extremist Jobbick movement makes his job even more difficult.”