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Title: Deputy PM outlines govt response on contentious laws to CoE SecGen (adds details)
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Publisher: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary
Files: Deputy PM outlines govt response on contentious laws to CoE SecGen (adds details).pdf
Abstract: This news item of 22 March 2012 from the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice reported on the meeting and joint press conference of Minister Tibor Navracsics and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland. The two men addressed Hungary's controversial church, media and judicial reform laws. The church and judicial reform laws came up because the Council of Europe's Venice Commission issued critical opinions on both laws earlier in the week. Regarding the media law, parts of which were rendered unconstitutional by Hungary's top court in December 2011, Navracsics told the press that several amendments were being prepared concerning the regulation of content in the printed press, the protection of journalists' sources, requirements of data provision and the institution of the Media and Telecommunications Commissioner, but that before submitting any amendments to parliament, the government first wants the Constitutional Court to provide a detailed explanation of its ruling. Jagland, meanwhile, said that the Council of Europe had not yet assessed the government's latest amendments, but that the Council regards the role of the Media Council excessive.
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-03-22
Language: English