Budapest - Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday protested Hungary's new media law, which critics fear will be used to restrict press freedoms despite recent amendments to make it compatible with European Union rules.
Organisers said the event was Hungary's largest protest by civic groups since the 1989 start of the democratic process that ended the communist regime.
The media law - which greatly expands state oversight of print and Internet media and centralises state media news production, as well as permits large fines - was amended by Hungarian lawmakers last week after objections from the EU.
The adjustments set new limits on the jurisdiction of Hungarian regulators over media based outside Hungary, redefined the obligation of balanced coverage and eased - but did not eliminate - registration requirements for all media.
The government have said the changes, agreed with EU Digital Affairs Commissioner Neelie Kroes, were merely technical.