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Title: Working Document 3 on the situation of Fundamental Rights: standards and practices in Hungary (pursuant to the EP resolution of 16 February 2012) - Media legislation
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Publisher: European Parliament
Files: Working Document 3 on the situation of Fundamental Rights - standards and practices in Hungary.pdf
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/libe/dv/919/919892/919892en.pdf
Abstract: This Working Document from January 2013, authored by Members of European Parliament Rui Tavares and Renate Weber for the Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, provides an overview of specific provisions in the Hungarian media laws adopted in 2010 which were subject to international criticism at the time and which were either since amended or "could be further clarified and revised in order to address remaining shortcomings". The report recaps the legislative process, from the initial adoption of a constitutional amendment and two laws on media content and services in 2010 to the amendments of both laws in 2012 after the Hungarian Constitutional Court struck down some of their provisions. The document subsequently provides an overview of the various assessments of the laws by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, as well as a range of media and civil organisations and academic institutions. The document's final section on "remaining points of concern" points out that some of the problematic issues of the laws "should be further addressed," since the amendments passed in 2011 and 2012 did not sufficiently do so. The authors reference criticism of the latest amendments by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, but mostly rely on the May 2012 analysis by Council of Europe experts. The latter analysis "recommended that specific provisions on registration and transparency, content regulation, obligations on news coverage, protection of sources, public service media, and regulatory bodies should be thoroughly revised, clarified or in some cases eliminated," the working document points out, summarizing its main points and recommendations.
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-01-17
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Language: English
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