Hungary -Media law obstructs union work -August 17, 2014

The powers of the politically-appointed Media Council still exist. The OSF report claims that the power of the broadcast media arm of the Media Council, is ‘absolute’ and ‘unprecedented in other European democracies.’ The Modified labour legislation, has further weakened the bargaining power of journalists’ union.

Although a Constitutional Court ruling in 2011 required the government to revise the most contentious provisions of the Media Law (such as the requirement for journalists to reveal their sources), other elements, such as the powers of the politically-appointed Media Council still exist. According to Open Society Foundations (OSF), the Council has a mandate to interfere with editorial decision-making. The OSF report claims that the power of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, the broadcast media arm of the Media Council, is ‘absolute’ and ‘unprecedented in other European democracies.’ For a while civil society organisations were able to create some ‘breathing space’ for independent journalists, trapped between government pressure and profit-oriented investors. Modified labour legislation, adopted four years ago, has further weakened the bargaining power of journalists’ union.

English: http://www.equaltimes.org/independent-journalism-under ...    

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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