European experts say Hungary’s media law needs reforms

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In a report released yesterday by the Venice Commission, an advisory group to the Council of Europe, experts say Hungary’s media law needs further reform, however, amendments are going "in the right direction," the Associated Press reported.

The report called for fewer limits on political ads, highlighting a constitutional amendment, which bans political advertising in private media outlets during electoral campaigns.

Other issues cited included the overwhelming dominance of government candidates among media authorities and the favoring of government-friendly and state-owned media companies for placing government ads.

Thorbjan Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, added that "Hungary has made significant progress, but more can be done."

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