Historians from Canadian Archivists’ Association Want Communist Files Protected

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BUDAPEST (AP).- People spied on by Hungary’s communist-era secret police could decide the future of the surveillance reports under a government proposal historians say would damage the country’s ability to know about its past. The regime’s network of informants once kept as many as 1.6 million people under watch, with relatives and neighbors informing on each other and the secret services compiling over 12 miles worth of files. The government says it is drafting legislation giving those spied upon the right to decide whether to save the original documents where they like, keep them for their grandchildren or destroy them. “A state ruled by law cannot keep personal information collected through unconstitutional means, as these are immoral documents of an immoral regime,” the justice ministry said. Historians, however, have said the move would hinder research of the regime that ruled the country between