Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary has been given an ultimatum. His country has two weeks to convince the European Commission that Budapest’s new media law complies with EU rules. Legal action could be launched otherwise.
The criticism of the law by fellow EU governments and the public in Hungary has raised concern over its ability in the role of European Union president for the next six months to build a consensus in the 27-member bloc.
Brussels is concerned whether the media law limits freedom of expression in Hungary by requiring news coverage there to meet the approval of a national monitoring authority whose members are all considered close to Orban’s dominant Fidesz party.
The US last week also called on Hungary to take the international debate over its law seriously.
Fidesz has said the new law conforms to European norms.