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Title: State of play of Commission's examination of Hungarian Media Law - Speech to Extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
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Publisher: European Commission
Files: Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission - State of play of Commission's examination of Hungarian Media Law.pdf
Source: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-11-22_en.htm?locale=en
Abstract: Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, gave this speech about the state of play of the European Commission's examination of the recently adopted Hungarian media legislation to a joint Extraordinary Meeting of the European Parliament's Committees on Civil Liberties and Culture. She has been in touch with the Hungarian authorities "to raise specific points on which the media law does not appear at first sight to be satisfactory," she tells the meeting, mentioning several such points. First, she observes, the new legislation "would seem to raise a problem under the AVMS Directive because its provisions appear to apply also to media firms established in other Member States"; second, the law’s provision on ensuring balanced information "extends from the area of broadcasting, where such rules are quite common, to on-demand audiovisual media services, including for example a simple video blogger"; and, third, the lack of limiting criteria in the rules on media registration, which extend to online media, raises concerns. In addition, she says, the Commission is "continuing to look at the difficult issue of criteria for media authority independence." Kroes adds that "the Commission is also verifying the national rules implementing the AVMS Directive in other Member States, and will raise similar concerns where they are justified."
Publication/ adoption date: 2011-01-17
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Language: English
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