BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hungary's Parliament has banned journalists from four news websites for trying to film interviews with lawmakers in areas off limits to the press.
Editors say that the excessive restrictions on where video crews can work in the legislature severely limit press freedom.
Journalists from the hvg.hu, 24.hu, Index.hu and nol.hu websites were banned indefinitely by Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover.
Andras Muranyi, chief editor of the Nepszabadsag daily newspaper and its nol.hu website, said Tuesday in a letter to Parliament press chief Zoltan Szilagyi that officials have "limited our work to an extremely constricted space, which undermines press freedoms, one of the fundamental rights."
The restrictions also make it easier for lawmakers to avoid questions from the press.
Last year, a similar ban was imposed on RTL Klub, Hungary's largest broadcaster.