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Title: Hungary / Freedom of expression: UN expert still concerned despite moves on controversial media legislation
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Publisher: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Files: Hungary Freedom of expression UN expert still concerned despite moves on controversial.pdf
Source: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=10916&LangID=E
Abstract: This press release from 5 April 2011 by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, completed his mission to Hungary and highlighted his outstanding concerns. Hungary's new media legislation, adopted in 2010, "still risks generating a climate of self-censorship,” La Rue said, in spite of amendments that were passed in March. La Rue highlighted key elements of the media laws, such as prescription of media content based on vague concepts and insufficient guarantees to ensure the independence and impartiality of the new media regulatory body. He also drew attention to excessive fines and other administrative sanctions that can be imposed on media; the broad scope of the law, which regulates all types of media, including the press and the Internet; registration requirements for the operation of media service providers; and lack of sufficient protection of journalistic sources.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-04-05
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Language: English
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