How to waste public funds

Milo Yiannopoulos was paid $20,000 from Hungarian taxpayer money for 60-minute anti-migrant speech

Milo Yiannopoulos was paid $20,000 for a 60-minute talk in Hungary in May by a foundation that was created and is funded by the Hungarian state. That is, the highly controversial British far-right-celebrity troll was paid by Hungarian taxpayer money.

The entire event cost $55,000 on top of the speaker’s fee. This number does not include the airfare for Yiannopoulos and his crew – a number the foundation that organized the talk is still keeping a secret.

This data was revealed after far-left politician Attila Vajnai filed a freedom of information request through Atlatszo’s FOI platform. Vajnai is now planning to sue the for the missing data, as he still wants to know how much taxpayer money was spent on Yiannopoulos and his colleagues’ flights.

The May 2018 event was organized by the Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society (Közép- és Kelet-európai Történelem és Társadalom Kutatásért Közalapítvány – KKTTKK). It was founded by the government of Hungary in 1999 as a public foundation and, among many other missions, runs the House of Terror museum commemorating the victims of nazism and communism.

The foundation is led by Mária Schmidt, a historian and businesswoman who is an ally of prime minister Viktor Orban. One example of Schmidt’s support of Orban is that she bought the business weekly paper Figyelő last year and turned it into an outlet uncritically supporting his agenda.

The event that featured Yiannopoulos was controversial for many reasons, including the fact that registrations from many independent journalists were turned down citing lack of capacity.

One journalist, however, managed to enter and according to her reporting Yiannopoulos did not say anything that was unexpected from him: he praised Viktor Orban, spoke against migration, feminism and Islam and opened with saying that the Devil exists and his name is George Soros.

Written by Antónia Rádi

English version by Anita Kőműves, editing by Clare Humphreys

You can read the original, Hungarian language story here.

Photo: Milo Yiannopoulos/Facebook

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