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Title: Act CIV of 2010 on the freedom of the press and the fundamental rules on media content (translations of initial text; text as of 3 August 2011; and text as of 3 July 2012)
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Publisher: Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority
Files: act_civ_media_content-03072012.pdf (Act CIV of 2010 ("Press Freedom Act") - Translation of text valid per 3 July 2012)
act_civ_media_content-03082011.pdf (Act CIV of 2010 ("Press Freedom Act") - Translation of text valid per 3 August 2011)
act_civ_media_content-09112010.pdf (Act CIV of 2010 ("Press Freedom Act") - Translation of original text, passed on 2 November 2010)
Abstract: Act CIV, also known as the "Press Freedom Act" or the "Media Constitution," was initially passed by Hungarian parliament on 2 November 2010. The law introduced content regulations on all media, including broadcast, print and online audiovisual media, as well as media content from other countries deemed to be aimed at Hungarian audiences. Among many controversial elements, the law included new rules on source protection and requirements for media outlets to provide "balanced" coverage. The law has been amended several times, including amendments passed in March 2011 after negotiations with the European Commission and amendments passed after the Constitutional Court declared significant parts of the Act, including some of the law's content regulations for print and online media, unconstitutional.
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-11-09
Language: English