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Academic freedom remains at risk in Hungary

Cambridgeshire MEP Alex Mayer has slammed the first proposed laws of the re-elected Orbán government in Hungary warning it shows academic freedom is still at risk. 
The so called “Stop Soros" package, contains new proposals submitted yesterday by the Hungarian government to the Parliament which are designed to crack down on NGOs and could make it an imprisonable crime to hand out information leaflets about migration.
Hungarian-born financier, George Soros, who is known for funding liberal causes and philanthropic ventures is being directly targeted by the Hungarian government. This includes Budapest's Central European University, founded by Soros.
Ms Mayer said: “The government should focus on the Hungarian people's real problems - a deteriorating education system and rampant corruption. Instead we see an over-confident Orban presiding over an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary. Freedom of speech is threatened and academics cannot work freely.”
The European Parliament is currently launching a legal procedure against the Hungarian government for consistent and systematic attacks on the rule of law.

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