U.S. journalists have been denied entry to the Conservative Political Motion Convention at present being hosted in Hungary.

Reporters from Vice, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Associated Press, and others had been reportedly barred from the Republican occasion, which is being held in Europe for the primary time, Vice News reported.

Matt Schlapp, CPAC’s organizer, didn’t clarify the ban. He selected to host the occasion in Hungary’s capital of Budapest, the place American right-wingers have cozied as much as the nation’s authoritarian prime minister Viktor Orban.

Orban, amongst different autocrats, has been praised by former President Donald Trump for his anti-democratic, anti-immigration and anti-free speech stances.

“He has carried out a strong and fantastic job in defending Hungary, stopping unlawful immigration, creating jobs, commerce, and needs to be allowed to proceed to take action within the upcoming Election,” Trump wrote in a statement earlier than Orban’s reelection earlier this 12 months. “He’s a powerful chief and revered by all. He has my Full help and Endorsement for reelection as Prime Minister!”

Throughout a livestreamed speech at CPAC, Orban attacked the U.S. media and outlined a plan for conservatives to struggle “progressive dominance,” Vice News reported.

“My pricey mates, have your media,” Orban mentioned. “You’ll be able to solely current the stupidity of the leftist progressives you probably have the media to do it. Leftist opinion can solely appear to be a majority as a result of the media helps them to extend their voice.”