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Title: Fundamental changes still needed in Hungary media law
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Publisher: Committee to Protect Journalists
Files: Fundamental changes still needed in Hungary media law - Committee to Protect Journalists.pdf
Abstract: In this statement of March 11, 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Hungarian and EU authorities "to continue to modify" the Media Act, which the Hungarian parliament had amended that week to comply with European Commission demands. Experts say that the changes "fall short of Hungary's press freedom commitments as an EU, Council of Europe, and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe member", the CPJ argues in this statement. Citing news reports, the CPJ writes that the amendments remove the demand for balanced coverage from Internet sites and blogs but leave it in place for print and broadcast media; alleviate but do not remove registration requirements; and soften but do not scrap a ban on vaguely defined offensive content. Moreover, they do not tackle other problematic aspects of the law the CPJ had previously denounced, such as the law's scope spanning all media (print, broadcast, and online), the "hefty fines and penalties" it imposes, and the newly established Media Authority's staffing with political appointees.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-03-11
Language: English
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