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Title: Letter from Arne König and Aidan White, EFJ, to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: Letter from Arne Konig and Aidan White, EFJ, to Jose Manuel Barroso.pdf
Abstract: In this letter of January 6, 2011, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) President Arne König and General Secretary Aidan White urged European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to "carefully analyse" the newly adopted Hungarian media law, "not only with regard to technical criteria as covered in the Audiovisual Services Directive, but also with regard to the principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights". The EFJ is "convinced that it will be necessary to launch an infringement procedure against Hungary under Article 6 of the EU treaty, if the Hungarian government does not radically change the law as in place now," König and White write in the letter. They express particular concern that "this law could expose journalists and media to extensive fines should they refuse to disclose their sources," which will "create a blanket of self-censorship across the country's media". The need for Barroso "to take all appropriate steps to encourage the Hungarian authorities to amend this law" is not just a matter of protecting the principle of journalism as a public good, they conclude, but also of "the credibility of the European Union as a political institution defending human rights".
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-01-06
Language: English
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