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Title: MUOSZ Announcement
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Publisher: / South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
Files: MUOSZ Announcement.pdf
Abstract: This statement of the Association of Hungarian Journalists (MÚOSZ), published by the website, argued that the new Hungarian media legislation "violates the democratic public opinion and is restrictive for freedom of expression", not just in terms of its content but its preparation too, since it was "passed without relevant professional and social conciliation". The composition of the new media regulatory authorities "guarantees the exclusive influence and control of the governing power over the media," the statement says, and the legislation's features, which "extend to the online and print private media outlets [and] represent a duality of strict sanctions and obscure norms" are "facilitating self-censorship by establishing legal uncertainty". The statement notes that a recent amendment "further facilitates this risk by qualifying press penalties as public dues," to be paid obligatorily even if the decision of the media council or media authority is still being debated in court. The statement notes that MÚOSZ has submitted its complaints to the Constitutional Court and is also offering legal representation to the journalists at the public service media, who face drastic reorganisations and "multitudinous layoffs".
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-02-23
Language: English
Rights: by the South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). Permission for reproducing the document granted by email.