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Hungary: Govt. cancels contracts with Deutsche Telekom after firm takes stand against sexist comments by local pop star

Author: Margit Feher, Wall Street Journal (USA), Published on: 17 December 2015

"Hungary Retaliates for German Mobile Firm’s Stance Against Sexism"

Hungary’s government will cancel mobile Internet contracts with the local arm of German telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom AG after the company ended a sponsorship agreement with a local pop musician who said women should focus on having children instead of careers. Akos Kovacs, a Hungarian pop musician, said in a private television interview earlier this week that “it’s not women’s job to make as much money as men do. Their job is to fulfill the female principium; to belong to somebody, to bear children for someone, to be a mother.”…In reaction to the singer’s comments, Magyar Telekom Nyrt., Hungary’s leading telecom provider, ended its sponsorship agreement with the artist on Wednesday, saying its corporate values contradict those of the singer. “Magyar Telekom is committed to ensuring equal work conditions and carrier opportunities to both men and women and maintaining gender equality at all costs. It also promotes programs that dismantle social and gender inequalities in the labor market,” Magyar Telekom said in a statement to local online news agency Index...János Lázár, who heads the prime minister’s office, condemned the firm for its step at a news briefing. It isn’t acceptable that someone should be discriminated against because of their opinion…

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Related companies: Deutsche Telekom