Why was CivilMedia founded?
An interview with CM’s leaders
Márta Varga: What prompted you to found CivilMedia? Is the timing relevant to this decision?
Bea Bodrogi: Hungary’s new Media Constitution and Media Law introduced an approach into media regulation which was so alien to the system and so unusual that it drew strong reactions and alarm from human rights experts. An example of this is the unjustifiably broad scope of powers of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (hereinafter: the Authority) over Hungary’s media, which could easily make the work of political, economic and editorial journalists impossible, or compel them to practice self-censorship. Although the events of the past year have not fully justified our fears, and despite the fact that the Constitutional Court has also said “no” to some of the provisions of the new law (such as the obligation of journalists to reveal their sources), the supervisory role of civil society is still definitely needed and will continue to be needed in the future as well. [..]