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Title: Defending media pluralism in Hungary
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Publisher: European Commission
Files: Neelie Kroes - Defending media pluralism in Hungary.pdf
Abstract: Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commissioner, wrote this blog post on 5 January 2012 to address issues of media pluralism in Hungary. In the post, she argues that the European Commission "used the full extent of its legal powers" in 2011 to improve the original version of controversial Hungarian media legislation, by successfully pushing for changes in four areas. In addition, she observes that the Hungarian Constitutional Court addressed further matters of concern in the legislation, ruling on 19 December that the laws "unconstitutionally limited freedom of the written press." The ruling tightened the legal protection of journalistic sources and data disclosure requirements for media outlets with immediate effect, while it left other required changes to be addressed by the government before June 2012. In the post, Kroes urges the Hungarian government to implement the ruling "with the same speed and efficiency" it applied in response to the European Commission's assessments, and announces that a High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, led by former Latvian President Vīķe-Freiberga, will meet soon to discuss Hungary. Referencing the controversy over the Klubrádió's failure to obtain a new broadcasting license, she remarks, additionally, that "such decisions can .. raise wider concerns," especially "when some worry that the underlying motive .. is to exclude existing, independent voices". She also expresses her support for "vibrant internet radio in Hungary".
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-01-05
Language: English
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