The national public health centre (NNK) has said it is taking legal action against independent lawmaker Ákos Hadházy for alleged violation of personal rights and defamation in connection with Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller.
The NNK said a recent Facebook post by Hadházy had demonstrated “a lack of professional knowledge and bad faith” as well as discrediting the NKK, an authority in charge of protecting the public against epidemics. As a result, he has “intentionally misled the Hungarian people”. The NKK said Hadházy’s actions posed a “direct and severe threat” to epidemiological protection. He has “questioned the professional credibility of those involved and undermined public trust in the methods of protection,” the NNK added. His statements “strengthened the anti-vaxxer movement” and his attacks have been “motivated purely by political profiteering”, the NNK said.
Hadházy stated the Facebook post that he had “filed a criminal complaint for alleged abuse of office and endangerment committed in the line of duty” and attached an image of Müller to the post. The context and the post directly implied that he was accusing the chief medical officer of those actions, the health centre added.