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Title: HCLU protests against the proposed new media legislation
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Publisher: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Files: HCLU protests against the proposed new media legislation.pdf
Abstract: In this statement of 28 July 2010, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) expressed harsh criticism of draft laws that would amount to a far-reaching overhaul in media regulation. (These bills would eventually result in the Media Act and Press Freedom Act of 2010). The so-called "media package," the HCLU argues in this statement, contains bills with several unconstitutional clauses, and fails to meet established European freedom of press standards. They would bring about significant changes to the functioning of press, television, radio and part of the internet, warns the HCLU, and the parliamentary majority went about drafting them without any open debate with stakeholders, experts or journalists. The HCLU statement does credit some amendments that have already brought about basic improvements, such as one that would exclude blogs from the new compulsory registration system for all media outlets, but argues that they do not go far enough. Another amendment it mentions would soften a clause that would have required every content provider to print responses to any published article that someone objects to, regardless of whether the information was factually true or expressed as an opinion, by restricting the right to factually wrong statements only. Other clauses keep creating room for arbitrary sanctions, however, and broad content obligations for all media "bring us back to authoritarian times". In conclusion, the HCLU calls the package "ill-prepared and highly restrictive".
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-07-28
Language: English
Rights: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). Permission for reproducing HCLU documents in this digital archive granted by email.