Our Hungarian correspondent László alerted me to a report in Hungarian state media that Slovenia had mandated a “certificate of immunity” for people who work from home as well as those who travel to the workplace. I asked our Slovenian correspondent Andrej Turjaški whether the story was accurate, and here’s what he said:
It is true for some. The government wants people who work in core government jobs (army, police, ministries, government agencies) be vaccinated or have a certificate of immunity. It is not a general requirement. People working from home in the private sector or broader public service jobs can still do self-testing.
László went ahead and translated the Hungarian article, and sent his take on what he thinks the Hungarian state media are up to in their manipulation of the Slovenian news:
This article is as much about Hungary as it is about Slovenia — so it is more about the global propaganda factory than any specific country. Blikk is a tabloid, and the target group for the article is less-educated Hungarians. (Corona news is never news in the MSM; it is propaganda.)
So this article is a good example of regional-level Corona-propaganda machinery. The headline refers to Slovenia as ‘our neighbours’ to induce what I call the ‘near-comparison effect’ in its Hungarian audience. Also the lie by omission your fact-check has revealed serves to brainwash Hungarians by making them believe that the ‘immunity card’ is mandatory for everyone working from a home office in Slovenia, not only for government employees.
The point is to manipulate the Hungarians by making them feel that ‘their neighbours’ (whom they compare themselves to) are in deeper trouble than they are, and thus make them (the Hungarians) accept the ‘less strict’ Hungarian NOW oppression without rioting. In other words: the Powers That Be are slowly cooking the frog while feeding him ice cubes.
The translated article from Blikk: