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Title: Letter from Jean-Paul Philippot and Ingrid Deltenre, EBU, to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
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Publisher: European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Files: Letter from Jean-Paul Philippot and Ingrid Deltenre, EBU, to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.pdf
Source: http://www.ebu.ch/CMSimages/en/Letter%20Dr%20Orban_14_01_2011_tcm6-69673.pdf
Abstract: In this letter of January 14, 2011, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) President Jean-Paul Philippot and Director General Ingrid Deltenre expressed their "growing concern" about the ongoing reform of the public service media in Hungary to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Measures such as "party-political appointments, disproportionate sanctions for the infringements of content rules, the suspension of critical news editors, or the centralization and homogenization of news provision" may have "a devastating effect" on the public trust in the public service media, they warn in the letter. Taking note of the new media law, the appointments to the new media regulatory authorities, and the creation of uniform national news bulletins for the public media, as well as the lack of public consultations during the establishment of the new public service media system, they write that they "are very concerned about the state of its independence and its capacity to represent the plurality of views within Hungary in the future".
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-01-14
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Language: English
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