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Title: European Journalists Reject the new Hungarian Media Bill and Call for New Talks
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: EFJ - European Journalists Reject the new Hungarian Media Bill and Call for New Talks.pdf
Abstract: In this press release of June 23, 2010, the European Federation of Journalists voiced its protest against a new media bill that had been announced by the Hungarian government the week before, in a first step that would eventually culminate in the adoption of the Press Freedom Act and the Media Act later that year. The bill "limits freedom of opinion and thereby freedom of speech," argues EFJ General Secretary Aidan White in the statement. "It does not meet European standards of diversity and plurality and turns the clock back to a time [..] of state control." The press release argues that the bill brings the content of most printed and audiovisual media and even a part of the Internet under state regulation, lacks clearly defined norms, and may open the door to high-handed interference. The Hungarian government should withdraw the bill, the statement concludes, and open up "an intense public debate and dialogue with the media community and journalists" about better media regulation.
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-06-23
Language: English
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