Hungary protests against media act

On January 14th, approximately 10,000

people including members of the Hungarian Association of Journalists protested

in front of the Parliament Budapest objecting the controversial new Media Law.

The demonstration was organized by an independent civilian group on Facebook

called "One million people for freedom of press in Hungary". At the same time,

another protest was also held in Vienna in front of the Hungarian embassy, as a

declaration of solidarity. The protest was non-political and peaceful,

politicians from all sides have been asked to stay away. The protesters

addressed the Hungarian parliament, government and constitutional court with a

proclamation. They request an amendment and constitutional examination of the

media law violating freedom of speech.

The protest was probably the biggest demonstration for

freedom of speech since the fall of the iron curtain, and another media protest

has been announced for 27th of January.