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Title: Full text of the press statement delivered by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, after the conclusion of his visit to Hungary
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Publisher: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Files: 2011-04-05 Hungary End-of-mission statement Frank La Rue.pdf
Source: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/opinion/docs/2011-04- 05_Hungary_Freedex_EndMission.doc
Abstract: This is the full end-of-mission statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, upon the conclusion of his visit to Hungary in April 2011. In the statement, he welcomes the amendments that were passed to the new Hungarian media laws in the previous month, but expresses his concern "that the media laws still fall short of the required international benchmarks to which Hungary has committed itself". He highlights six specific fields of remaining concern, namely: (1) content-related prescriptions in the laws, which are "ambiguous and neither drawn narrowly nor with precision", and would better be left to self-regulation; (2) insufficient guarantees to ensure the independence and impartiality of the Media Authority; (3) excessive fines and other administrative sanctions; (4) the applicability of the media legislation to all types of media, including the press and the Internet; (5) registration requirements, which "may be justified for linear media service providers," but should not have been extended to other types of media; and (6) lack of sufficient protection of journalistic sources. In conclusion, he writes that "I am concerned that the amended media legislation, as it now stands, risks generating a climate of self-censorship," for example due to "excessive fines based on imprecise concepts".
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-04-05
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Language: English
Rights: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Permission for reproducing the document granted by email.