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Away from Democracy and Toward a Dictatorship? Hungary's New Media Law

Date: 02/23/2011

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: 614 Social Sciences

Cost: Free


In December 2010, the Hungarian Parliament passed a new law expanding the government's power to monitor and control the news media. Among other things, it requires bloggers and online forums to register in order to be disseminated in Hungary, and threatens to fine journalists who fail to report "objectively." The law has been criticized both internally and by the European Commission, which ordered Hungary to demonstrate that the law complies with European Union rules or face legal action, just as Hungary assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union. Is this an internal matter, as Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban insists, or does the law have greater implications for fundamental rights in the European Union?

Additional information on the topic can be found here : http://www.ifex.org/hungary/2011/01/18/hungary_controversial.pdf

Topic presented by Dr. Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication here at the University of Minnesota.

This event is part of the Europe in the News series, which is designed to be an informal opportunity for students to come together with faculty members to discuss the latest issues in European news. The series will happen the last Wednesday of every month, and the topic will only be selected a few weeks in advance to ensure a current topic of conversation. Visit the website: esc.umn.edu/inthenews to find more information and the next scheduled Europe in the News event.


  • Name: Laura Seifert
  • E-mail: esc@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: European Studies Consortium, German and European Studies Center, Silha Center, Journalism and Mass Communication

More information: http://esc.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Seifert, European Studies Consortium (esc@umn.edu).

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