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European Commission ‘aware of’ Népszabadság suspension

European Commission ‘aware of’ Népszabadság suspension

Budapest, October 10 (MTI) – Commenting on a call by an OSCE media advocate to monitor press freedom more closely in Hungary in wake of the suspension of the daily Népszabadság over the weekend, the European Commission’s spokesperson said the body was “aware of and concerned about” the suspension.

Margaritis Schinas told a press briefing on Monday that the commission stood for the values of press freedom and pluralism as the basic values of a free and democratic society.

“Questions have been raised on the suspension and we are, of course, following the situation closely,” he said.

Spokesperson Nathalie Vandystadt added that the commission’s scope was limited in this area but the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom in Florence was reporting regularly to the commission on the situation of press freedom in every member state, including Hungary.

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Dunja Mijatovic, media freedom representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said on Sunday that “the closure of Hungary’s main opposition newspaper is a huge blow to the country’s media diversity and press freedoms.”

“The European Commission should pay greater attention to the issues related to press freedom in Hungary,” Mijatovic said, adding that the government’s media policies in Hungary set “a bad example for EU candidate countries and those striving for democracy.”

Source: MTI

2 Comments

  1. vedo

    But really, are they aware of what going around them???? No, wait until they meet up with a mid-east terrorist, maybe they’ll be aware of their nuts getting cut off too.

  2. Matt

    “The European Commission should pay greater attention to the issues related to press freedom in Hungary,” Mijatovic said, adding that the government’s media policies in Hungary set “a bad example for EU candidate countries and those striving for democracy.”

    Is the EC ‘Fk’ing serious, really?!. U dumb A$$E$ watch 1.5 million ILLEGAL MIGRANTS cross your borders and you stay MUM. A media outlet gets shut down for activities in the same country and you want to “PAY GREATER ATTENTION”. You bunch in BRUSSELLS better get off the opium and Marijuana or ELSE!!!!

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