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Journalists oppose new media law

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is protesting against the Hungarian government's new media bill, which it says will “turn the clock back” for freedom of the press in Hungary.

In a press statement EFJ General Secretary Aidan White said the bill is “a restrictive measure that limits freedom of opinion and thereby freedom of speech. It does not meet European standards of diversity and plurality and turns the clock back to a time when Hungary lived under communism and the shadow of state control of media.”

The EFJ says the bill brings under state regulation the content of most printed and audiovisual media, even a part of the Internet.

The EFJ and the International Federation of Journalists, the main body of EFJ, have called on the Hungarian government to withdraw the bill and open up an intense public debate and dialogue with the media community and journalists. (Index)