Germany welcomes EU investigation on new Hungarian media law

“German deputy foreign minister Werner Hoyer said the passage of the media law does not bode well for the EU as Hungary takes over the 27-nation bloc’s rotating presidency for six months on Jan. 1.

Hoyer also said that Germany welcomes the investigation by the commission on whether the law violates the EU’s legal standards.

“It is a reason for serious concern if there’s only the smallest suspicion that media freedom in a member state of the European Union is subject to a control of its content,” Hoyer said.

In a reference to the EU’s motto, he added the measures “certainly do not represent the idea of a union that is built on unity in diversity.

“As incoming EU president, Hungary bears a special responsibility to represent Europe’s values and interests in the world,” he said.” http://ca.news.yahoo.com/germany-welcomes-eu-investigation-hungarian-media-law-20101223-050758-807.html

Original: Staatsminister Werner Hoyer im SWR-Tagesgespräch zur ungarischen Mediengesetzgebung http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/sid_EF8BE2FED1EDE0A4AF4E4FBA94638DB6/DE/Mediathek/mediathek_podcasts_node.html