Hungary’s human resources minister asked a journalist who has made anti-Semitic statements to return a state honor.
“After the decision was made, I learned about statements you have made in recent years with which I cannot identify because they run counter to the values espoused by myself and the government,” the minister, Zoltan Balog, wrote in a letter Tuesday to Ferenc Szaniszlo, a television presenter for Echo TV who has made anti-Semitic statements and called Roma “apes.”
“I immediately publicly acknowledged that I had made a bad decision. Since I have no other means, I hereby ask you to please return the Tancsics Prize that I mistakenly awarded to you. I trust you will make a wise decision."
The letter was posted on the ministry's website. Szaniszlo and others received the award for journalists last week.