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Title: Freedom of the Press 2011: Hungary
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Publisher: Freedom House
Files: Freedom of the Press 2011 - Hungary.pdf
Abstract: This is the country report on Hungary from Freedom House's "Freedom of the Press" report of 2011. That year's edition of the annual report highlighted Hungary as one of seven countries worldwide to experience significant declines in press freedom. The report's overview essay noted that Hungary's government "pushed restrictive legislation through .. and seized control over media regulators and public broadcasters," and that the new laws "imposed potentially broad restrictions on content and called for the licensing of print and online media outlets". The country report describes the changes in the legislative and regulatory environment in Hungary in more detail, covering the new media regulatory bodies and the organizational restructuring of the public service media, as well as the "absurd" fines associated with such infractions as unbalanced or immoral reporting in the new laws, and the legislation's requirement for journalists "to reveal their sources when covering issues related to national security or public safety". The country report states that "numerous competitive and independent media outlets generally operate without interference from the state, and many clearly reflect the divisions of the national political scene," but that "press freedom advocates have noted a serious government bias in many public media outlets" and "individual journalists are .. occasionally exposed to pressure from state organs". On the other hand, "there has been an increase in vibrant and influential domestically owned electronic media outlets". The report also notes legislative changes regarding information monopolies and the denial of Nazi and communist crimes.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-05-01
Language: English
Rights: Freedom House. Permission for reproducing the document granted by email.