The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) would like to announce the following: Vienna, 9 November 2010 - Hungary's parliament last week passed another element of a controversial media reform package which will force journalists to identify their sources in stories involving national security and public safety. The law comes into effect on 1 January 2011. If faced with judicial action, journalists would only be able to keep their source secret if such secrecy is ruled to be in the public interest. Also, when the information is deemed to contain state secrets or obtained illegally, the sources would have to be named. IPI Press Freedom Manager Anthony Mills said: "An essential pillar of investigative journalism is the confidentiality of sources. Jeopardizing this will hamper the flow of information to journalists and will deprive citizens of their right to know about matters that may constitute an irritation to a government but lie squarely in the public interest. This latest move by Hungary's parliament is another negative benchmark in the downward slide of Hungary's press freedom environment." Dr. Ivan Lipovecz, an IPI board member and former editor-in-chief of Hungarian weekly newspaper HVG, said that the law would have a negative impact on the content carried by Hungarian media. "The law is against the normal democratic thinking of people and has just made public broadcasting dependent on the government," he said. The two-thirds majority enjoyed by the centre-right Fidesz party in Hungary's parliament implies that it can pass almost any legislation and also alter the constitution. In recent months, the government has made many alterations to the media structure of Hungary, with several party members appointed to vital positions in the country's media and programming. The government has claimed these changes are necessary but IPI has warned that the moves are an attempt to "to exert control over public broadcasters." The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) support the statements made.
fShare
0
Pin It

London attackers kill seven, Theresa May says 'eno...
04 Jun 2017 11:29London attackers kill seven, Theresa May says 'enough is enough'

By Estelle Shirbon and William James   LONDON (Reuters) - Three attackers drove a van into pede [ ... ]

Printing prosthetic in Taiwan
27 May 2017 13:44Printing prosthetic in Taiwan

  After losing his right forearm in a factory accident, Chang Hsien-Liang tried several artificial [ ... ]

PRINCESS DIANA'S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND SUDDEN DEA...
20 May 2017 17:25PRINCESS DIANA'S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND SUDDEN DEATH EXPLORED IN CBS NEWS SPECIAL

Princess Diana captured the world's imagination, so much so, many thought they really knew her. Th [ ... ]

European shares rose slightly in early deals on Fr...
19 May 2017 07:39European shares rose slightly in early deals on Friday, timidly recovering from heavy losses

MILAN (Reuters) - European shares rose slightly in early deals on Friday, timidly recovering from  [ ... ]

Domestic workers in Hong Kong are being forced to ...
13 May 2017 15:35Domestic workers in Hong Kong are being forced to sleep in toilets, tiny cubbyholes, and on balconies

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Domestic workers in Hong Kong are being forced to slee [ ... ]

Sex trafficking, child marriages linked, study of ...
13 May 2017 15:27Sex trafficking, child marriages linked, study of Mexico finds

By Sebastien Malo   NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls being trafficked for sex in n [ ... ]

'Alien: Covenant' releases the most terrifying cli...
07 May 2017 07:11'Alien: Covenant' releases the most terrifying clip yet

The Alien series is filled with horrific, chest-bursting, face-hugging, acid-blood-burning momen [ ... ]

The Godfather' Cast Discuss Al Pacino's Height and...
30 Apr 2017 17:19The Godfather' Cast Discuss Al Pacino's Height and Marlon Brando's 'Balls' at Tribeca Reunion

The closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival brought together the cast from two of the most impo [ ... ]

Other Articles

Search