Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 2. – Content 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 the future media regulations and media policies. Our concept papers are starting points in the debate, but certainly not definitive answers to the questions raised.

We are continously waiting Hungarian and/or English comments on the discussion.

The ’Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework’ project is co-organized with the Centre for Independent Journalism and it’s supported by the EEA/Norway Grants.

The direct regulation of media content constitutes the most potent instrument of restricting media freedom and the activities of editors and journalists. Hence the legislator must always tread carefully when choosing from among the regulatory instruments at its disposal, designing the substance of individual legal provisions and determining the sanctions that may be applied. In all such instances its decisions will result from the juxtaposition of the freedoms of expression and press on one side, and of other constitutional values that conflict with the aforementioned on the other side. The choices that the legislator ends up making will therefore also delineate the limits of the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press.

Content regulation 2013