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Title: EFJ Calls on Hungarian Parliament to Respect Rule of Law over Radio Frequencies' Licences
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Publisher: European Federation of Journalists
Files: EFJ Calls on Hungarian Parliament to Respect Rule of Law over Radio Frequencies' Licences.pdf
Abstract: In this press release of 23 May 2012, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) called on Hungarian legislators to reconsider a "dangerous proposal" for press freedom. On Friday 18 May, the press release explains, Hungary's parliament approved amendments to the country's media law. Whereas some changes were made to meet the Constitutional Court's ruling passed the December before, other amendments are "extremely controversial," such as one that would authorise only the Media Council to approve broadcasting agreements, meaning that courts would no longer have the power to shape or revise the rules of these agreements. Another amendment, which would be applied with retroactive effect in the case of ongoing procedures, "proposes that the Media Council will not even have the obligation to conclude a contract" - in other terms, "even if a tender has a clear winner, the Media Council will have the right to ignore the results of the tender". These proposals, the EFJ states, "clearly arise" from the still ongoing Klubradio case, in which a decision by the Media Authority was over-ruled by the courts. "We are appalled by this new political interference in media governance," said EFJ President Arne König.
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-05-23
Language: English
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