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Civil society reacts to proposed changes to Freedom of Information law

Representatives of civil society in Hungary have raised their concerns regarding the government’s plans to have parliament hastily adopt legislation which would modify the country’s freedom of information law.

The government’s proposal was quietly uploaded to the Hungarian parliament’s website Friday. On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén put the bill on the legislative fast track, meaning it could be voted on by the following Monday.

After turning to Hungary’s justice ministry to express their concerns regarding the bill, representatives from Transparency International Hungary, Energiaklub, Átlátszó.hu, and K-Monitor are preparing to raise awareness about the law in international forums.

A source tells the Beacon that representatives of the European Commission have already contacted representatives of Hungarian civil society to find out more about the government’s plans.

Benjamin Novak :