It was has not been a great start to its Presidency, Hungary is now digging its heels in response to criticism of its controversial media law.
“It isn’t necessary to change a Hungarian law just because it is subject to criticism from abroad,” Zoltan Kovacs, state secretary for communication, told national radio.
“Before criticising, let’s wait and see how this law works. We are confident it will be up to the task,” he added.
This and the fact that it hasn’t been fully translated into English are the reasons that the Hungarian Government have not responded to EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes letter from before Christmas.
This is despite criticism from home and abroad of the new law. France stated that the new law was “incompatible with the application of a certain idea of the freedom of the press, endorsed by all the European treaties.”
The largest Daily newspaper in Hungary Nepszabadsag, declared on its front page “The freedom of the press in Hungary comes to an end,” in the 27 languages of the EU.
This issue isn’t going away on the Hungarians, they may want to look at the law again or else find their Presidency being distracted by it.
- Hungary’s new censorship laws. (stephenspillane.com)
- Hungary’s new media law puts EU presidency in doubt (telegraph.co.uk)
- Civil Liberties Groups Worried About Hungarian Media Censorship Just As Hungary Takes Over EU Presidency (techdirt.com)