Commission: Klubrádio’s case ‘only aggravates’ media freedom concerns

Klubrádió will be forced to move online completely from next week after losing its court appeal against the national media council’s refusal to extend its licence on Tuesday. [Shutterstock/Yavuz Sariyildiz]

The loss of Klubrádió’s broadcasting licence, the last independent radio station in Hungary dealing with public affairs issues, has aggravated the EU executive’s concerns about media freedom and pluralism in the country, a Commission spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Klubrádió will be forced to move online completely from next week after losing its court appeal against the national media council’s refusal to extend its licence on Tuesday.

“We are in contact with the Hungarian authorities to ensure the radio can continue to operate legally. We are also looking into the implications of this decision on EU law, or whether relevant EU rules have been respected and will not hesitate to take action if possible, and necessary,” the spokesperson said.

“The conditions attached to the use of radio spectrum and procedures to grant, prolong, renew or revoke the rights to use radio spectrum are indeed subject to EU telecoms rules,” he added. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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