GASPING FOR AIR – Soft Censorship in Hungarian Media 2014

Press freedom in Europe is facing a widespread and growing threat by “soft” censorship that includes governments’ use of financial power to pressure news media, punish critical reporting and reward favourable coverage. While Europe’s press is not generally threatened by the jailing of journalists or the closure of media outlets, “soft” censorship is a more […]

Current Developments in Central and Eastern-European Media Markets Using the example of Hungary

Workshop Programme 10:00 Welcome Address Dr. Marc Jan Eumann State Secretary for Federal Affairs, Europe and the media 10:15 Functional Deficits in the Hungarian Media System Dr. Gábor Polyák   University of Pécs, University of Münster   10:35 Media Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe Christian Mihr  „Reporters Without Borders“ 11:00  Coffee Break   12:00 Crisis of […]

Hungarian Media Law

The adoption of the new media laws in 2010 not only laid the foundation for the complete overhaul of the Hungarian media system but at once represented one of the current administration’s first measures to scale back constitutional democracy. Fitting in comfortably with the broader arsenal of media policy, the new regulation provides a clear-cut […]

Mertek Booklets vol. 1.

The adoption of the new media laws in 2010 not only laid the foundation for the complete overhaul of the Hungarian media system but at once represented one of the current administration’s first measures to scale back constitutional democracy. Fitting in comfortably with the broader arsenal of media policy, the new regulation provides a clear-cut […]

Disrespect for European Values in Hungary, 2010-2014

The European Union (EU) is premised on the respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights – including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. EU Member States share these values: they are societies committed to pluralism, the prohibition of discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and gender equality. Lately, these fundamental values have been systematically disrespected […]

Disrespect for European Values in Hungary, 2010-2014

The European Union (EU) is premised on the respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights – including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. EU Member States share these values: they are societies committed to pluralism, the prohibition of discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and gender equality. Lately, these fundamental values have been systematically disrespected […]

We explain the illiberal public sphere

Everything that could possibly be said about the media law was said over and over again in this chamber since their birth. All that was said then remains true to date. Neither the letters nor the spirit of these laws are suitable for serving as the basis of a democratic public discourse, an open and […]

Gergely Gulyás is wrong on the facts

The European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, whose portfolio includes media affairs, has once more summed up the problems surrounding the Hungarian media system. Fidesz politician Gergely Gulyás has publicly responded to Kroes’s criticisms, seeking to refute her arguments. Our own assessment, however, is that Gulyás is wrong, as our research on the subject has shown in some […]