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Hungary's' PM defends controversial media law

Hungary's' PM defends controversial media law

Hungary's prime minister has defended his country's controversial media law, which has come under international criticism as seeking to stifle the opposition and press freedom.
Viktor Orban says it meets "current European norms and standards."
The law greatly expands the state's power to monitor and penalize private news outlets. There are concerns it will be used against media critical of Orban's center-right government.
Orban said Friday after a meeting with his Slovak counterpart Iveta Radicova that he would have no problem explaining questions from the EU about the law.
The EU's Executive Commission says the law might not meet all of its standards for a free and fair press. Hungary's six-month presidency of the EU started on Jan. 1.


Updated : 2021-08-06 01:22 GMT+08:00