Once again, EU and Hungary fight over LGBTI rights and freedom of the press

The European Commission is taking Hungary to court again. Brussels wants the Court of Justice of the EU to ban a Hungarian law that restricts the rights of LGBTI people. The committee also wants an independent radio station to receive a broadcasting permit again.

“The European Commission today decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU over a law that discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity,” said a spokesman for the European Commission.

Prime Minister Orbán introduced a law last year banning the use of school materials that are seen as gay propaganda. Brussels has previously expressed severe criticism of this law. Orbán says he wants to protect family values with the law.

Broadcast license revoked

The European Commission also wants the judge to consider the broadcasting license of Klubradio, a channel that criticizes government policy. More than a year ago, the radio station was removed from the air and since then the broadcasts can only be followed online. A government spokesman said at the time that there was no problem with media freedom in Hungary and that it was not true that the government removed the station from the air.

“We will fight any attack on independent media with all the means we have,” says European Commissioner Jourová for Values and Transparency.

Brussels and Hungary regularly clash over the policy of nationalist Prime Minister Orbán. The European Commission has frozen billions in subsidies for Hungary and wants the Hungarian government to first adhere to European agreements on freedom of the press, acceptance of minorities and independent justice.