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Title: EFJ Alarmed by Closure of Hungarian Opposition Radio Station
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: EFJ Alarmed by Closure of Hungarian Opposition Radio Station.pdf
Abstract: In this press release of 22 December 2011, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) expressed "its outrage" at a decision by the Hungarian Media Authority to reassign the Budapest frequencies of Klubrádió, one of Hungary’s only remaining independent stations, on 1 January 2012. Its licence went to an unknown new company, Auto Radio. The oppositional station Klubrádió has some 500,000 committed listeners, who also financed the channel through individual donations. Klubrádió, which has been on air since 2002, sued the media authority in the past for removing a frequency previously used by the station. "The decision to take away Hungary’s well-known politically engaged Klubrádió's frequency is clearly another political purge," said EFJ President Arne König. "The move is a sign that Hungary’s new model of media regulation is undermining media pluralism and freedom of expression in Hungary."
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-12-22
Language: English
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