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Title: The Fundamental Law of Hungary
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Publisher: Hungarian Official Journal (Magyar Közlöny)
Files: Fundamental Law of Hungary.pdf
Abstract: The official English translation of the new Hungarian Constitution, as it was promulgated on 18 April 2011. In the new constitution, Article IX stipulates that "every person shall have the right to express his or her opinion" and that "Hungary shall recognise and defend the freedom and diversity of the press, and shall ensure the conditions for free dissemination of information necessary for the formation of democratic public opinion." Article VI stipulates that "every person shall have the right to .. access and disseminate data of public interest". Paragraph 3 of Article IX leaves "the detailed rules for the freedom of the press and the organ supervising media services, press products and the infocommunications market" to be regulated by a cardinal Act. A stipulation referring to the prevention of monopolies in the media sector, which was present in the constitution until it was removed by amendment in July 2010, does not return in the new constitution. On the other hand, two provisions which had been somewhat controversially added to the constitution in the July 2010 amendment also do not return in the new text: one which had stipulated the right of citizens to be provided with "adequate" information about public affairs, which had been criticized in analyses by the Council of Europe and the OSCE, and one which outlined the role and supervision of the public service media, which an OSCE analysis had both welcomed and criticized for being too restricted.
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-04-25
Language: English