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EU threatens Hungary over media reforms


Two weeks.

That is how long Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government has been given by the European Commission to show its new media law complies with EU rules.

Infringement could mean legal action, even though Hungary is the current president of the bloc.

Concerns the law contravenes EU regulations on broadcasting and media freedom have sparked sharp criticism from France, Britain and Germany.

Under pressure from European diplomats, Orban has said he would be willing to amend the legislation if the EU executive obliged him to do so.

The law has also sparked a public outcry closer to home, with protests defending freedom of expression.

Hungary’s government maintains reform was needed to deal with increasingly virulent tabloid TV and newspapers acting with inpunity.

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