Thousands protest Hungary’s media law
BUDAPEST — Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday against Hungary’s media law, which critics fear will be used to restrict press freedoms despite recent amendments to make it compatible with European Union rules.
Organizers said the event was Hungary’s largest protest by civic groups since the 1989 start of the democratic process that ended the communist regime.
Polish newspaper editor and former dissident Adam Michnik told the crowd that “there is no place for censorship’’ in a democracy and that eliminating press freedoms could lead to dictatorship.
The media law, which greatly expands state oversight of print and Internet media and centralizes state media news production, was amended by lawmakers last week after objections from the EU.