Human rights group appeals to top court over media constitution

Budapest, November 3 (MTI) – Human-rights lobby group TASZ announced on Wednesday that it would file an appeal with the Constitutional Court against a new set of regulations concerning the media.

TASZ programme director Eva Simon told reporters that the new laws, dubbed media constitution, would considerably restrict the freedom of the media.

    Under the new legislation, content providers could be forced to reveal the source of information in “exceptionally justified cases”. Simon said the wording was too flexible and would allow for too large an opportunity for the authorities.

    The media constitution would also restrict editorial freedom through stipulating mandatory reporting on “local, nation-wide and EU events.”

    The media constitution, a component of the ruling Fidesz party’s comprehensive media package, was passed into law on Tuesday.