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Title: OSCE media freedom representative calls on Hungarian Government to halt media legislation package, start public consultations
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Publisher: OSCE - Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media
Files: OSCE media freedom representative calls on Hungarian Government to halt media legislation package, start public consultations.pdf
Source: http://www.osce.org/fom/69491
Abstract: After the Hungarian Parliament tabled a package of draft media legislation on June 11, 2010, complemented by an amendment to the Constitution that authorized these modifications, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović called on the Hungarian Government to stop the scheduled vote and launch public consultations to modify the draft laws. This press release announces that the Representative wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi to warn that "the proposed laws are highly worrisome" in terms of media freedom and "their adoption could lead to all broadcasting being subordinated to political decisions". Under the draft legislation, two new media regulatory bodies would be created, the press release explains - the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH) and the Media Council - headed by the same person, who would be appointed to the two posts by the Prime Minister and Parliament respectively. In addition, the members of the Media Council, which would be in charge of licensing broadcasters, as well as the public service broadcasting board and the executives of individual public service outlets would all be nominated by parliament; and since the governing Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority, Mijatović warns, the legislation "could lead to governmental control over both the private and the public service broadcasters". Moreover, the expedited procedure being planned "would leave no time for public debate, which is common international practice for such legislation," Mijatovic wrote in her letter.
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-06-24
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Language: English
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