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Title: Letter to Neelie Kroes, European Digital Agenda Commissioner
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Publisher: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Files: kroes_letter_0223[1].pdf
Abstract: Balázs Dénes, Executive director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), wrote this letter on 23 February 2011 to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, to express the organisation's grave concern about the amendments which the Hungarian government was proposing to the controversial new media laws passed just months before, at the urging of Kroes. The HCLU’s position, the organisation writes Kroes, is that the new media laws constitute violations of European Directives as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The proposed amendments are too narrow to be satisfactory, the HCLU argues, and some points of the amendments are in fact even more restrictive than the earlier versions. After reviewing each element of the proposed amendments - regarding balanced coverage, the country of origin principle, the registration of media outlets, provisions concerning offensive and discriminatory content, and provisions defining "press product" and "media service" - the HCLU urges Commissioner Kroes to "keep negotiating and investigating in order to make the media law respect the entire system of EU directives as well as its underlying principles". To do so, the organisation stresses, she should no longer restrict her investigation to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive without analyzing the media legislation from the broader perspective of freedom of the press as fundamental value of the European Union, and without reviewing the legislation in the light of EU law on e-commerce, competition and info-communication.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-02-23
Language: English
Rights: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). Permission for reproducing HCLU documents in this digital archive granted by email.