Josef hírek

2011.12.03. 22:07

Green opposition party calls for all pre-1989 secret data to be publicly available

Budapest, December 1 (MTI) - Green opposition party LMP has called for all pre-1989 state secret data to be made available to the public.

Budapest, December 1 (MTI) - Green opposition party LMP has called for all pre-1989 state secret data to be made available to the public.

The party s parliamentary leader, Andras Schiffer, submitted a motion to parliament on Thursday on opening the secret archives, saying it was unacceptable that the secrets of a dictatorship should remain the secrets of a democracy, too.

 

Schiffer said it was outrageous that the powers and the opposition had "played chess" with secret files.

 

He told MTI that the secret files of the former state should be placed in the National Archives of Hungary, where the institution s rules on research would pertain to the documents. Exceptions should be made only for documents concerning current operations falling under secrecy rules on grounds of national security, he added.

 

Schiffer also called for more information to be made available to all Hungarian citizens wishing to know about whether they had been under surveillance under the communist regime, and in what way.

 

The LMP politician also accused the government of preparing to use "Orwellian" methods to keep watch over citizens.

 

He said it was currently unknown to what extent some politicians and members of the state security services had been involved in the state apparatus under the dictatorship, and this fact poisoned present-day political life.

 

Schiffer said LMP s submission had been prompted by talks on Thursday on the transition law, with which the ruling Fidesz party says it wants to "bring closure to the past".

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