What remains unclear is if the song’s lyrics or if the behavior of the reporters (dancing around the halls of parliament) was what led to Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér banning the portal from the building, for “not treating parliament with respect.” The parliament’s press office said that the portal can return once it provides guarantees to Kövér that its reporters would behave in a respectful manner. The incident occurs as the government is facing renewed scrutiny over its commitment to press freedoms, with news on Wednesday of that the Media Council had decided to reassign the frequency of Klubrádió, a radio station seen as opposition-friendly.
Daily Népszabadság tried to gain clarifications on what guarantees Index would need to provide Kövér but had yet to receive a response. For its part the portal stated that they have asked to have the matter resolved as soon as possible so that they can resume their parliamentary coverage.
Source: nol.hu; index.hu
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:54