Hungary goes dictatorship – crazy media law requires “balance” (whatever that is) or huge fines

Under the new law, a government-appointed media council will have the power to decide whether a publication has broken rules on what it calls balanced and ‘moral’ reporting, and can issue heavy fines. Print and Internet media can face fines of more than $100,000 and broadcasters nearly $1 million, if, for example, their coverage is deemed unbalanced. News programs cannot use more than 20 percent of their airtime on crime-related stories, and journalists may be forced to reveal their sources.Presenters at Hungarian state-run radio have already been dismissed for protesting the law on air.

via VOA | Hungary Introduces Europe’s Most Restrictive Media Law | Europe | English.

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