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Title: Hungarian media law further endangers 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 law further endangers media freedom, says OSCE media freedom representative.pdf
Source: http://www.osce.org/fom/74687
Abstract: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said on December 22, 2010, that the new media law which the Hungarian parliament had just adopted "violates OSCE media freedom standards and endangers editorial independence and media pluralism," this press release announced. The new law can, if misused, "silence critical media and public debate in the country," the press release quotes Mijatovic, who specified a number of specific objections. She singled out, amongst other concerns, how the law regulates broadcast, print and online media content "based on identical principles, which runs against OSCE standards on free media"; how the law "gives unusually broad powers to the recently established media authority and media council, which are led exclusively by members supported by the governing party," resulting in a concentration of regulatory power which "is unprecedented in European democracies"; how the law requires all media to register with the media authority; and how the new system "endangers the political independence of public service media".
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-12-22
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Language: English
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