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This story about French opposition to Hungary’s media law was originally published on 5th January 2010 by EurActiv.

France said yesterday (4 January) that a new media law passed by Hungary, which took up the EU’s rotating presidency on 1 January, violated EU laws on press freedom, and called on other members of the bloc to take action against it.

French government spokesman and Budget Minister François Baroin told France Inter radio the law was “incompatible with the application of ideas on press freedom that have been validated in European treaties”.

Several EU members have criticised Hungary over the law, which calls for a new media authority, dominated by appointees of the ruling Fidesz party, to oversee all public news production. It can also levy big fines on private media, which are required to be “balanced”.

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