Press Freedom and Media Developments in Hungary


15 March 2011 -Tens of thousands of demonstrators protested in downtown Budapest demanding freedom of the press.
photo by Szigeti Ádám / www.szigetiadam.hu


News:

 
  • Media Authority President’s death raises questions over successor

    Hungarian Media Monitor
    15.04.2013.
    The death of Annamária Szalai, who served as President of the Media Authority and Chairperson of the Media Council, is fueling speculation over who will be named to fill the post as Hungary’s top media regulator. The outcome also puts to test whether the newly modified appointment procedures brokered by the Council of Europe will achieve the intended aim of ensuring the Media Authority’s independence.
    http://www.politics.hu/20130415/media-authority-presidents-death-raises-questions-over-successor/

  • Mobile operators argue for continuity

    11th April, 2013
    Hungary around the clock
    Mobile-phone operators argued that continuity in the sector is in the best interest of subscribers as they responded to the telecoms authority NMHH’s Monday announcement that frequency licences will not be renewed on the same terms as at present.
    Vodafone said it is ready for dialogue with authorities, and expects fair and equal treatment in the process of renewing licenses.
    http://www.hatc.hu/sample_article.php?sid=13507

Article from Nepszava daily (not official translation)
Police would like to interrogate a staff member of Népszava


Article from Nepszava daily
(not official translation)
The Hungarian media authority takes the side of Jobbik  

 
 
 
  Hungarian Press says thank you to international professional and political organizations for the attention paid to the threatening situation created by the newly adopted Hungarian media law. These organizations expressed their solidarity with the independent Hungarian press by raising their voices to protect press freedom and democracy.
   
 

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The new Hungarian media regulation: a package of laws adopted by the parliament in November and December 2010 without appropriate consulation with professional and civil society organisations

 
Major problematic issues:
 
    • Content regulation for all media
    • Required registration of media outlets
    • Government influence over the regulatory system and public service broadcasting
    • Undefined terms in the law
    • Excessive sanctions
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