Wednesday, January 19, 2011

EU deputies clash with Hungarian PM over media law

"...A number of (EU) parliamentarians used the session to attack Hungary's new law, urging the country's prime minister Viktor Orban to withdraw it on the grounds that it was a threat to democracy and press freedom. The leader of the Greens-EFA parliamentary group, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, said that Orban was "on the way to becoming a European Chavez". When Orban rose to speak, several MEPs covered their mouths with duct tape and held up signs bearing the word "censored". In an angry response, Orban assailed the law's critics by accusing them of disrespecting Hungary's population and interfering with a domestic issue."

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