Hungarian president defends media law

Hungarian president Pal Schmitt has defended the controversial media law passed by the Hungarian parliament last month.

Asked by reporters during his state visit to Slovakia, president Schmitt declared the law did not violate the Hungarian constitution and was ‘in line with similar laws’ in other EU member states. According to him, press freedom in Hungary would be a ‘100 per cent’ guaranteed.

The law has been under continued national and international criticism since mid-December 2010 as it gives vast powers to a government-controlled media council which has the right to fine editors and media outlets if they publish ‘unbalanced’ articles or those violating ‘human dignity’ (fines can be as high as €89.700/ $118.000).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *