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Title: EFJ and SEEMO Alarmed by Massive Dismissals in Hungarian Public Broadcasting
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: EFJ and SEEMO Alarmed by Massive Dismissals in Hungarian Public Broadcasting.pdf
Abstract: In this joint press release of 12 July 2011, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed their deep concern over "the wave of dismissals that started in Hungarian public broadcasting". The week before, the dismissals of over 570 of the 3,400 staff members at the Hungarian public television and radio broadcasters and the national news agency MTI were made public. In the press release, EFJ President Arne König calls it "a real purge," and adds: "we are alarmed by the number of jobs concerned and also by the suspicion that some of these lay-offs may be politically motivated". The statement claims that "well known and very popular [..] personalities (reporters, commentators, editors)" are among those dismissed, "especially those involved in news editing, political and/or cultural issues". In some cases, "entire teams were laid-off without any agreement or even serious talks with the unions," the statement says.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-07-12
Language: English
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