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Report overview

This report presents expert analyses of 56 media regulations from 20 European and EU-member states cited in two statements published by the Hungarian Ministry Of Public Administration And Justice, in December 2010 and January 2011, respectively. Country experts conducted the analyses using a common, six-step methodology in order to examine both the factual accuracy of the regulation as cited by Hungarian Government, as well as to provide an assessment of how the respective regulation is implemented and enforced in practice (See detailed description of "Methodology," in appendix on page XXX). As such, each of the country reports include analyses of the accuracy of the formal regulations as cited in the Hungarian Government's statement, as well as a presentation of the particular regulation within the respective country's broader media-regulation landscape. The expert reports also include any additional elements or practices that influence or serve as "checks" on how these regulations are applied in practice, as well as any specific cases in which the particular regulation cited has been considered by domestic or international courts.

The majority of examples in this report are drawn from the December 20, 2010 statement.9 That document contains examples of more than 70 regulations listed under 22 criticisms. Many of these cited examples were listed multiple times under different but related criticisms; hence, this report addresses all 47 unique examples in the December 2010 statement, as well as additional nine examples of appointment procedures of European media regulatory bodies provided in the Hungarian Government's January 2011 statement.10

Country

Number of regulations
cited

Finland

5

Italy

5

UK

5

Lithuania

4

France

4

Austria

4

Germany

3

Denmark

3

Ireland

3

Switzerland

3

Czech Republic

2

Estonia

2

Portugal

2

Slovenia

2

Sweden

2

Belgium

1

Latvia

1

Netherlands

1

Poland

1

Slovakia

1

TOTAL

56


The report presents the country assessments in seven chapters, which represent the following general categories of criticisms, as provided in the Hungarian Government's statements:

1) Media Authority: independence
2) Media Authority: centralised structure and regulatory scope
3) Media laws' scope: regulating print and online press
4) Public service media
5) Media Authority powers
6) Data disclosure
7) Sanctions

Key criticisms and cited regulations by country

Media Authority:
indepedence

Media Authority:
centralised structure

Media laws' scope
(print and online press)

Public Service Media

Media Authority: powers

Data Disclosure

Sanctions

Austria

Finland

Italy

Austria (2)

France

Denmark

Czech Republic

Belgium

Italy

Lithuania

Czech Republic

Germany

Estonia

Estonia

Denmark

UK

France

Finland (2)

Finland

Italy

Denmark

Italy

 

Austria

France

Ireland

Lithuania

Finland (2)

Ireland

 

Portugal

Italy

Lithuania

 

France

Netherlands

 

Slovenia

Switzerland

 

 

Germany (2)

Switzerland

 

Sweden

UK

 

 

Ireland

Sweden

 

Switzerland

 

 

 

Italy

UK

 

 

 

 

 

Latvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lithuania

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slovakia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK


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