Several thousand people have protested Hungary’s new media law and urged Prime Minister Viktor Orban to repeal or amend it.
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 centre-right government, and the law has come under international criticism.
Thursday’s protest on Kossuth Square outside parliament was the second in what organizers say will be a series of rallies against the law.
Singer Agnes Deak Bardos reminded the peaceful crowd of around 5,000 people about Orban’s brave work as an anti-communist dissident in Hungary in the 1980s, and urged him to accept the criticism of the law.
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