Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

UK Foreign Secretary victim of Russian prank phone call

Read more

THE DEBATE

After Iran, North Korea: Trump scraps summit, Macron and Putin react

Read more

FOCUS

Training future football champions in Vietnam

Read more

ENCORE!

Guitar Hero: Johnny Marr brings solo work to the stage in Paris

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Presidential meeting signals 'another chapter' in Franco-Rwandan relations

Read more

THE DEBATE

Macron courts tech giants during Paris summit

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Trade truce: US-China tensions cool, but is a trade war still possible?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Viva Technology conference opens in Paris as Macron seeks French dominance

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Does the NFL's new ultimatum on kneeling pander to Donald Trump?

Read more

Europe

Hungary offers talks on controversial media law

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-31

Moves by the Hungarian government to tighten controls on the media and seize private pension assets are enraging its EU partners just as the country takes over the rotating presidency of the bloc.

AFP - Hungary on Friday invited regional security group OSCE for talks on a much-criticised new media law, a day before it comes into force and Budapest takes over the European Union's presidency.

"We invite those in charge of the media in the OSCE to Budapest for discussions on the issue," Gergely Proehle, deputy secretary of state for European affairs, told the German radio station Deutschlandfunk.

Although the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), which had warned that the new legislation "if misused, can silence critical media and public debate in the country," did not react, Germany hailed it as a positive development.

Calling it a "step in the right direction," German Secretary of State for European Affairs Werner Hoyer, told the Hungarian newspaper Nepszabadsag that the announcement gave rise to "optimism."

Hungary has come under intense fire over the new law -- the toughest in the European Union -- which would give a new media authority, headed by members of Premier Viktor Orban's Fidesz party, the right to regulate content of all media, broadcast, print or web-based.

It will also have the right to impose fines for material that "is not politically balanced", to inspect media equipment and documents and to force journalists to reveal sources in issues related to national security.

Radio and television stations can be fined up to 730,000 euros (976,689 dollars) for going against "public interest, public moral and order," or for broadcasting "partial information," without clearly specifying what constituted an infringement.

Amnesty International had also warned that the law could be hamstrung by "arbitrary application and political interference in the editorial policies of media outlets."
 

Date created : 2010-12-31

  • RUSSIA

    Hundreds protest in Moscow against attacks on journalists

    Read more

COMMENT(S)