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Title: Hungarian media legislation severely contradicts international standards of media freedom, says OSCE media freedom representative
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Publisher: OSCE - Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media
Files: Hungarian media legislation severely contradicts international standards of media freedom, says OSCE media freedom representative.pdf
Source: http://www.osce.org/fom/72229
Abstract: This press release of the office of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović from September 7, 2010, announced that she had urged Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Janos Martonyi in a letter to reconsider a package of recently adopted and draft media legislation, warning that it would "seriously restrict media freedom, curb the independence of the press, abolish the autonomy of public service media and impose a chilling effect on freedom of expression". She also presented the Hungarian government with an expert legal review of the package by Karol Jakubowicz. Remarking that the review underlined concerns she had already voiced in June and July, Mijatović urged Hungary to take into consideration its "detailed recommendations [..] when rewriting the legislation." The package of laws would, she warned, "put into place a new legal, institutional and regulatory framework for media regulation and supervision that can be easily misused for political purposes"; place public service media, in particular, "at risk of direct political control"; and inappropriately extend the traditional regulatory framework to the new media.
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-09-07
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Language: English
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