A new media law, valid from 01.01.2011, gives the National Media and Information Communications Authority of Hungary (NMHH) the possibility to control not only government but also private media and the Internet.
Control means that penalties are to be imposed if the reporting is not in the public interest or meets not public morality. At the level of penalties, the organization has broad discretion, they say. What is defined as general interest remains unclear. Also all public radio and TV broadcasters are to be merged, any journalist will then work for the same agency.
The top positions in the newly formed holding company will be almost all gone to the people of the ruling Fidesz party..