Finally, we have some potentially good news! As reported by Peter Spiegel in the Financial Times, “Hungary’s foreign minister [Janos Martonyi] said Brussels’ legal findings against his government’s media law could easily be overcome, the clearest sign yet that Budapest is willing to make changes in the face of international condemnation.”
Of course, the EU has only challenged three parts of the media law:
- its requirement for “balanced coverage”
- its restrictions on foreign media
- its requirement that all media be registered with national regulators
Without trying to downplay the significance of the changes Hungary now seems poised to make–these changes are vital–even if Hungary does modify the law in these three areas, the spirit of the new media law is still in place: that Big Brother is watching and freedom of the press is still on shaky ground.
This article is also good for acknowledging and responding to Hungary’s (baseless) claims that this furor over the new media law is really no big deal and is, “in actuality,” really just an effort by the liberal media to attack Hungary.