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Title: Fundamental values and solutions of Hungarian media legislation found to be in harmony with European values
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Publisher: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary
Files: Fundamental values and solutions of Hungarian media legislation found to be in.pdf
Abstract: In this news item of 30 January 2013, the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice announced that the Council of Europe had "approved the Government’s proposal" for settling the outstanding issues which the Council of Europe and the government had disagreed on regarding the media authority and the Media Council, two offices that were created by the new media laws. A new amendment of the laws would therefore now be drafted, and should be passed by spring. In March 2012, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland had told a press conference that his organization considered the role of the Media Council excessive, and an Opinion from the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2011 and expertise commissioned by the Council of Europe in 2012 had both criticized a range of provisions in the media laws. This news item only mentions remarks made by Jagland in a letter to Minister Tibor Navracsics in November 2012, however, in which he took issue with the appointment procedures for the presidents of the media authority NMHH and the Media Council. Announcing that a compromise had been reached on those points, Navracsics said that the government was willing to change the laws so that the President of the NMHH would henceforth be appointed by the Hungarian President, rather than by the Prime Minister, and that civil organisations should play a role in the selection process; higher competence requirements for the position would be stipulated by law; and the NMHH President would not be able to be re-elected after his/her nine-year term.
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-01-30
Language: English