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The Clubbing of Klubrádió

A clampdown on a leading independent radio station shows that Hungary has no intention of heeding EU calls to improve media freedom. In most EU countries, it would be reasonable to expect a state agency that has been handed a clear court order to comply. Not so in Hungary, where a media regulator has ignored binding court decisions in its licensing dispute with a leading independent radio station.

The ongoing fight by Klubrádió and efforts by the Media Council to silence it illustrates clearly the threat to media freedom and the rule of law in Hungary today. It also shows why the EU needs to stiffen its spine in its dealings with the conservative Fidesz government.

Klubrádió, a leading independent radio station, is fighting two separate legal battles with the Media Council to stay on the air. Though technically complex and sometimes confusing even to those directly involved, one case involves a tender procedure for the licence to broadcast on Klubrádió's current frequency and the other concerns the validity of a contract between Klubrádió and the old media regulator for a different frequency.

http://www.budapesttimes.hu/2012/09/05/the-clubbing-of-klubradio/

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 09:11

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