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Title: European Parliament resolution of 10 March 2011 on media law in Hungary
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Publisher: European Parliament
Files: European Parliament resolution of 10 March 2011 on media law in Hungary.pdf
Abstract: On 10 March 2011, the European Parliament passed this resolution on the controversial new media laws adopted in Hungary in November and December 2010. The resolution criticizes the limited scope of the amendments which Hungary passed to these laws after consultations with the European Commission, and "deplored" the European Commission's decision to target only three points in its response to the adoption of the laws. The resolution calls on Hungary "to involve all stakeholders in the revision of the media law" in order to "restore the independence of media governance and halt state interference with freedom of expression." The resolution also urges the government to take into account the recommendations from the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Parliament and to repeal "the law or those elements thereof that are found to be incompatible ... with the letter or spirit of the Treaties or EU law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights or the ECHR." It urges the European Commission "to continue the close monitoring and assessment of the conformity of Hungarian media law as amended in accordance with European legislation, particularly with the Charter on Fundamental Rights". The resolution also notes that "media pluralism and freedom continue to be matters of grave concern" in other EU Member States as well, "notably in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic and Estonia".
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-03-10
Language: English
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