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Title: The Hidden Treasures of Hungary's Media Legislation
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Publisher: / South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
Files: The Hidden Treasures of Hungary's Media Legislation.pdf
Abstract: In this 'expert opinion' for the website, attorney-at-law and legal representative of the Hungarian Association of Journalists Márton Nehéz-Posony argued that the new Hungarian media legislation still gave grounds for grave concerns about freedom of speech, even after the government proposed some amendments under pressure from the European Commission, and that some of those concerns had not received the public attention they deserve. For example, Nehéz-Posony notes that Article 13 of the Press Freedom Act does not only oblige linear media outlets to provide "balanced" coverage, but also "comprehensive" coverage of events "relevant" to Hungarians, without defining what would be relevant or who would judge this. Regarding the requirement for all media outlets to register, Nehéz-Posony writes that even under the amended texts, media providers face extraordinary data provision requirements. On a similar note, the new Media Authority "is entitled to examine all kinds of documents and devices carrying data related to the content providers’ activities, including confidential information and business data" and "the obligation to provide the authority with information is imposed on a wide array of subjects, who also face fines up to approximately 100,000 EUR". Finally, the new system of sanctions includes a provision which would allow the Media Authority to erase a content provider by obliging intermediary technical providers to stop its transmission.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011
Language: English
Rights: by the South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). Permission for reproducing the document granted by email.