Media freedom under threat in Hungary, Kroes says

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EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes lashed out at the Hungarian government on Monday, accusing the center-right ruling party of “censoring” media freedom.

The criticism comes after the Hungarian Parliament introduced an “advertising tax” on commercial TV channels. But according to Kroes, the tax disproportionally affects the non-state controlled media RTL.

In a blog post on Monday that harshly condemns the government’s decision, Kroes said that it is a politically motivated move designed to drive neutral broadcasters out of the market.

It is not the first time that Hungary’s Fidesz Party has clashed with the Commission.

Earlier in 2011, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was accused of using constitutional amendments to limit the powers of Hungary’s top court and weaken democracy in the country.



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