Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is just weeks into his country’s six-month EU presidency but the start has been overshadowed by a row over Hungary’s new media laws. Critics say they curb freedom of speech.
Under pressure, Budapest has now agreed to rework the text:
Orban says 2011 is Hungary’s “year of renewal” and the country must adapt to survive and prosper. But some say his reformist zeal may be tempting him to water down democracy.
The legislation came into effect on January 1, the day Hungary took over the EU presidency. Euro MPs wore gags to show their displeasure when Orban visited the European Parliament in Brussels.
The talks are said to relate to balanced reporting and country of origin and registration details for media organisations. A decision is expected this Thursday.