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Népszabadság - Hungary | 16/03/2013

Klubrádió wins out against media authority

Hungary's National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) granted the government-critical broadcaster Klubrádió a permanent frequency in Budapest on Thursday. A court had sentenced the authority to take the step after years of legal wrangling. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság is nevertheless outraged at the Media Authority's nerve: "There are no bounds to the effrontery of the NMHH. After almost three years of resistance, legal wrangling and sabotage of legally binding court judgements, it grudgingly declared Klubádió the winner of the tender put out for the frequency 95.3. Instead of collectively resigning, the Media Authority then had the nerve to send out a press release with the first sentence: 'Taking the road to the rule of law has been worth it'. Just what road to the rule of law are we talking about here?"

Népszabadság - Hungary | 26/02/2013

Hungary's government still bullying Klubrádió

Thousands of people gathered in the Hungarian capital Budapest last weekend to protest against the withdrawal of the anti-government radio broadcaster Klubrádió's frequency, which had previously been granted to the radio station by court order. Even though media pluralism is enshrined in the country's media law, the media authorities are trampling it underfoot, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság fumes: "Klubrádió has gained international renown as a symbol of the fight for Hungarian press freedom. However the radio broadcaster wanted neither to be a symbol nor to gain international fame. It simply wanted to continue operating, providing a forum for different political views and preserving critical thinking, which is increasingly sidelined on the Hungarian radio and TV market. ... It is unacceptable that a nationwide network of pro-government radio broadcasters has been created while the left-liberal anti-government radio station Klubrádió has been stuck in a battle for its very survival for the past two years. Not against the market, but against the authorities."

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