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Title: Amendment of Media Law Before Parliament
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Publisher: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary
Files: Amendment of Media Law Before Parliament.pdf
Abstract: This news item of 11 May 2012 from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice announced that the Minister had presented amendments to the controversial new media laws to Parliament to satisfy the ruling of the Constitutional Court of December 2011, which had declared significant parts of the laws unconstitutional. Initially, the government had asked the court for a more detailed interpretation, but the court refused this request. The Ministry's news item identifies three main elements of the amendments. If they are passed, the new media authority will no longer "have the power to investigate the enforcement of human rights, human dignity, the right to privacy and the rights of interviewees in the context of content regulation in the case of the written press and Internet media". The protection of the information sources of journalists will be strengthened, as "media content providers and persons engaged in employment or any other work-related legal relationship with them" will be allowed to keep their sources confidential, though they could still be ordered to reveal them by the courts "in the interest of the investigation of criminal offences, in particularly justified cases". Finally, the quasi-authority powers of the Media and Communications Commissioner will "only be upheld in the area of electronic telecommunication services," and "abolished in respect of media services and press products".
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-05-11
Language: English