Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hungarian Leader Takes On Foreign Critics

At a news conference on Thursday in the gilded splendor of the Hungarian Parliament, Mr. Orban bluntly conceded that it was “a bad start” — and came out fighting.

“Without precise knowledge and understanding of the text of the media law, not one single state, nation, France included, has the right to criticize and ask Hungary to do anything,” Mr. Orban said. “So I would like to ask the French government to return to the level of reality and rational discussion.”

Mr. Orban told reporters that the main elements of the law exist in other European nations and that there was no reason for the commission to suggest changes in Hungary if it did not ask other countries to amend their statutes. But he did leave the door open to amendments if the commission insisted.

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