Hungarian PM rebukes US-based Journalism Freedom Watch group

BUDAPEST, Jan 10, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) The Hungarian Prime Minister's Office on January 6 harshly criticized the U.S.-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists for asking Prime Minister Viktor Orban to launch an investigation into a hand-grenade attack on the office building of the opposition weekly Elet es Irodalom, Hungarian media reported. The office said it is "extremely regrettable" that the committee "ignores the basic rules of the press" by relying on "apparently tendentious and distorted information" which has been "denied by the body most affected--the editorial staff of the weekly".

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