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Title: EC Hungary Opinion Must Address Press Freedom, Says EFJ
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: EC Hungary Opinion Must Address Press Freedom, Says EFJ.pdf
Abstract: In this press release of 16 January 2012, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) called on the European Commission to include media freedom in its latest analysis of the compatibility of Hungarian law with EU law. The comments which the European Commission made about the Hungarian media laws in 2011, which led to some amendments of the laws, did not suffice in the view of the EFJ. In this press release, the group recalls the "numerous concerns [that] have been raised about the freedom of media in Hungary" since the laws were passed, for example regarding the manipulation of images on public television and the reassignment of Klubrádió's Budapest frequencies. "Unfortunately our fear from the beginning of introducing the Hungarian media law has been proven to be right," said EFJ President Arne König, who stated that the Commission's assessment of recent Hungarian legislation should "take into consideration Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty," which allows the EU to impose sanctions on a member state in case of 'serious and persistent breach' of EU values. The German journalist union, meanwhile, urged the EU and the IMF to make any possible financial aid to Hungary conditional on improvements to democracy and media freedom.
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-01-16
Language: English
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