RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 9 March 2000
HUNGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SUGGESTS MEDIA LAW AMENDMENT.
Janos Martonyi on 8 March called for amendments to the media
law, noting that last year's EU Commission's report
criticized the way media boards of trustees were elected in
Hungary and that the criticism is likely to be repeated this
year. Martonyi recalled the remarks of U.S. Ambassador
Michael Lake, who told "Magyar Hirlap" on 7 March that the
status of Hungary's public media can influence the country's
accession to the EU. Martonyi added that disagreement among
opposition parties over nominating joint representatives to
the boards of trustees was not foreseen at the time the media
law was drafted. MSZ
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