Hungarian court oks anti-Gypsy TV ads

September 30, 2010 19:12


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BUDAPEST, Hungary  — Hungary's  Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a decision by the National Election Committee forcing state radio and television to run a far-right party's election advertisement that refers to "Gypsy criminals."

The court said Thursday the broadcasters must give equal treatment to all political parties during an election campaign and that the broadcasters are not responsible for the ad's content.

As in other European countries, minority Gypsies, or Roma, face widespread discrimination.

The media asked the court to block the ad by the far-right Jobbik party.

In it, a young woman who is afraid to go out into the street asks: "Are Gypsy criminals allowed to do whatever they want?" as a hooded figure lurks.

Nationwide municipal elections are being held Sunday.

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