Ferenc Kumin's Blog
"Ambassador Szapáry’s letter offers an excellent example of a positive, point-by-point response to the misleading information that’s out there and the way prestigious organizations like Freedom House have become susceptible to biased, politically motivated sources.
The ambassador begins by tipping his hat to Freedom House’s significant contribution to the “cause of freedom around the world” and “tireless work in promoting human rights.” All true. In fact, Freedom House played an important role in calling the world’s attention to the events of October 1956 in Hungary and its associates helped deliver humanitarian aid in the early days following the uprising.
Yet, the Nations in Transit study exhibits a strong bias in its assessment of Hungary, full of, as the ambassador points out, 'subjective judgments as well as factually wrong statements.'"