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Title: Despite adjustments, Hungary's media law continues to violate OSCE commitments, says OSCE representative on freedom of the media
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Publisher: OSCE - Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media
Files: Despite adjustments, Hungary's media law continues to violate OSCE commitments, says OSCE representative on freedom of the media.pdf
Source: http://www.osce.org/fom/75999
Abstract: Hungary's new media laws "still violate OSCE press freedom commitments," OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said in this press release of March 8, 2011, despite the amendments that were passed at the request of the European Commission. Mijatović listed a number of remaining problems: "The law vests unusually broad powers in the politically homogeneous Media Authority and Media Council, enabling them to control content of all media. The legislation regulates broadcast, print and online media content based on identical principles. It leaves key terms undefined. It requires all media to be registered with the Media Authority. It punishes violations with high fines. It fails to guarantee the political independence of public service media." The press release points out that Mijatović sent the Hungarian government a legal analysis by Dr. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf with detailed recommendations on how to bring the legislation in line with OSCE commitments on 28 February, a few of which are listed in the press release, but that "these recommendations are not reflected in the adopted law".
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-03-08
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Language: English
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