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The one-dollar case

On 21 November 2013 Hungary’s high court, the Curia, heard the case of József Spirk, a journalist working at the newsportal index.hu. The case dealt with an allegedly libellous statement by Spirk in an article entitled “Investigation of EMFESZ’ [formerly one of the major Hungarian gas suppliers] sale for a dollar”, of which Spirk was […]

Censorship without censors: captives of the public media

The domestic public media may be the most fitting terrain for demonstrating that no official censorship rules or censors reviewing each line intended for publication must be in place for censorship and general restrictions on the way the press operates. Thus when in the framework of an international research project Mertek was called upon to show […]

Political business in the commercial television market

In December 2013, just before Christmas, an official announcement confirmed what had been previously rumoured for months. The German television channel ProSiebenSat1 sold its Hungarian subsidiary, the MTM-SBS Ltd., which owns TV2, Hungary’s second largest commercial television channel. The transaction is mired in a number of odd circumstances, however. By Ágnes Urbán. It is unusual […]

Fidesz coming to a radio statio near you

How and why did the public service stations Kossuth Rádió and Dankó Rádió get hold of the frequency previously used by Neo FM? How did the redrawing of Hungary’s radio frequency map affect the already troubled radio market and the diversity of media services? That’s what we set to find out. By Gábor Polyák. In […]

The radio market as a political playground

The one year anniversary of the shuttering of Neo FM is looming. We will leave aside for once how Neo FM received a license to use a frequency in the first place, nor will we shed tears for a station that owes its very existence to political backroom dealings. Nevertheless, it is worth examining the […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 3. – Media authority

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 1. – What do we expect from media regulation?

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

Targeted subsidies – data on the digital switchover campaign

The digital switchover campaign has been ongoing for months. Using data that has become available thus far, we have analysed the channels that the authorities use to inform the affected households, and hence also the question of what media outlets benefit from the state’s spending of billions of forints. Based on the numbers available to […]

The advertisement tax and Hungarian media policy

It is widely known that the media industry has faced growing hardships over the past decade: the internet and its concomitant, free content, has already emerged as serious challenges, but it was the economic crisis beginning in 2008 that rendered the situation truly dramatic. Today, we can assert that the media market’s current functioning is […]

Opinion on ’The Report of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism: A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy’

The signatories of this letter of consultation are specialized civil organisations with a long history of commitment to the freedoms of speech and press and extensive professional experience in this area. Said organizations were very pleased that, partly in response to the situation of the Hungarian media, the European Commission has set up the working […]

Oldalainkon HTTP-sütiket használunk a jobb működésért. További információ

A sütik fogadása ennél a honlapnál engedélyezett a legjobb felhasználói élmény érdekében. Amennyiben a beállítás változtatása nélkül kerül sor a honlap használatára, vagy az "Elfogadás" gombra történik kattintás, azzal a felhasználó elfogadja a sütik használatát.

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