13 június 2012
13 június 2012,

The documentary – nearly one hour long – promises to show the co-existence of Hungarians and Gypsies, but instead depicts an extremely simplified view of reality. It is in this “world” that Hungarians and Roma live together, the latter being divided into two distinct groups: the courageous, outspoken ones with their positive examples – the good guys – and then the silent majority whose voice is not heard: the bad guys. These are the ones who engage in criminal activities, have children at an early age without considering the consequences, who drink, are violent and unemployed. It thus also conveys the message that tensions that arise in the co-existence of Hungarians and Roma are the exclusive responsibility of the Roma, and that it is only the Roma community that has the means to remedy these social tensions and that can facilitate the social integration of this ethnic group.

Gypsy/Hungarian Co-Existence

“Gypsy/Hungarian Co-Existence”

CM claims that the film makes major generalizations about Roma. The ethnicity-based collectivization treats all Hungarian Roma as a homogeneous whole, and the film does not say whether the statements it makes apply to the Roma community as a whole, to the minority or majority of this community, or to individuals within it. Section 14 of the Media Constitution (Act CIV of 2010) states that media content providers must respect human dignity in the content which they prepare and in the course of preparing it; also that such content may not gratuitously and in a harmful manner show persons in humiliating and vulnerable situations.

Accordingly, CM requested the Authority to launch proceedings  in the matter. The Authority decided not to initiate any proceedings with regards to the documentary film.

Here you can read the Request of CM and the Decision of the Media Authority.