Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hungary Media Council Hungry to Fine Newspaper

Highest value banknote of the Hungarian Forint...Image via WikipediaAccording to a blog post by Politics.HU ("The Intelligent Source for Intelligence on Hungarian Politics"), the country's Media Council is expected to fine liberal newspaper Nepszabadsag for its refusal to retract a story about Council President Annamaria Szalai.

The newspaper declined to publish a requested correction to its story claiming Szalai stands to become the overseer of thousands of public media workers.  Under a media law enacted in January 2010, the newspaper could face a fine up to 25 million Forints (HUF) ($120,000) and its top executive could be socked with a 2 million Forints ($9,600) penalty.
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