Hammarberg urges Hungary to ensure freedom of expression and media pluralism

“Hungary should incorporate Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression and media pluralism when reviewing its media laws,” Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights said today.

His response followed the introduction of the ‘media law package’ introduced by the Hungarian authorities between June and December 2010 which is now in force.

Speaking at the end of a visit to Budapest from 27 to 28 January, Commissioner Hammarberg emphasised that the Council of Europe is well placed to advise the Hungarian authorities on how to ensure that domestic media law is fully compliant with binding standards contained in the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the Strasbourg Court.

“The Hungarian authorities are currently discussing with the European Commission the conformity of the media legislation with European Union standards – the scope of this review should be broadened to take into account the Council of Europe instruments and Hungary’s commitments as a member state of the Council of Europe.”

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