It is, of course, right and desirable that the Hungarian government imprisoning refugees is highlighted. Therefore, whether the details of this come to our attention by way of the jingoistic ‘Daily Telegraph’, which the link in the above sentence leads to, or via ‘Al Jazerra’ shouldn’t really matter. No need to shoot the messenger and no reason for us to be anything other than concerned and appalled when we read that “men, women and children are being held in detention centres with little access to medical and mental care.”
Yes, awareness of Hungary’s treatment of refugees and the Central European country’s descent into authoritarianism should be of concern to all of us. As should similar developments in Poland where Jarolaw Kaczynki’s Law and Justice Party (PiS) hold power. Nevertheless, while it might be counterproductive look too closely at the messenger when addressing the issues that are being discussed, a smirk and a shake of the head are sometimes inevitable.
‘Al Jazerra’ is owned by the Qatari government, which is run by the Al Thani family. In other words, Qatar is a hereditary constitutional monarchy ruled by a family which controls the country’s massive oil and gas reserves. Now, not only does Qatar not accept refugees, but it has “also become a focus of international criticism of the mistreatment of low-paid migrant workers” and those workers still need to get their employer’s permission to change jobs or leave the country.
In other words, it could be as difficult to leave an abusive situation in Qatar as it is to get out of a Hungarian prison. Indeed, foreign journalists who attempt to report on migrant workers’ living and working conditions are detained regularly. Yes, with ‘Al Jazerra’ it really is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Nothing new, of course, and with the Western media singing the praises of our freedoms while our governments kill innocent men, women, and children throughout the globe, with Russia’s ‘RT’ often hitting the nail on the head when discussing the injustices in the West, and perpetrated by the West, but ignoring the crimes committed by the Kremlin both domestically and abroad, it doesn’t mean that we should ignore the news.
Moreover, not only should we not ignore the news wherever it comes from, it is also time we took Viktor Orban and Jarolaw Kaczynki to task in an effort to prevent that magnitude of hypocrisy and base behaviour which characterises, among others, the Gulf States, the oxymoronic “Jewish Democracy”, Washington, Moscow, and BBC Blighty.