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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2020
P-005003/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Csaba Molnár (S&D)
 Subject: Renewed attack on the independent press by the Orbán Government

Since the election of Viktor Orbán in 2010, the state of press freedom in Hungary has steadily deteriorated. In recent weeks, the Government has killed off, in quick succession, another two of the few remaining bastions of the independent press. Just a couple of weeks ago, Hungary’s most widely-read online newspaper – Index.hu – lost its independence; now Orbán is already rendering the next medium inoperational. On the basis of a decision by the Media Council, Klubrádió will lose its analogue radio frequency in February, and Hungary will lose one of its last openly independent radio stations. In connection with the above I would like to ask the following:

1. Is the Commission investigating the steadily-eroding situation of media freedom and pluralism in Hungary?

2. Will the Commission take action in this matter and defend Hungary’s only independent radio station, thereby preventing the radio market from becoming homogeneous?

Original language of question: HU
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