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US worried about dwindling independent media in Hungary

Startbeitrag von Moderator. am 17.10.2017 13:12

US worried about dwindling independent media in Hungary

The top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about the dwindling numbers of independent media outlets in Hungary and the growing influence of government allies in the media market.

David Kostelnacik, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy, said Tuesday that while there is independent media in Hungary, the publications "face pressure and intimidation."

Speaking at the Hungarian Association of Journalists, Kostelnacik said "negative trends in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary ... are continuing."

He mentioned the increased "control and influence" by allies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban over the media market and how journalists at pro-government outlets can't publish articles critical of the government.

Orban recently said that...........


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“Freedom of the Press: Enduring Values in a Dynamic Media Environment”

“Freedom of the Press: Enduring Values in a Dynamic Media Environment”

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik

Thank you very much, and thank you President Hargitai for the kind introduction. I would like to thank MUOSZ for the invitation today, and for the organization’s long-standing commitment to the craft of journalism in Hungary.

I would also like to thank the esteemed Gyorgy Baló for joining us today and sharing his expertise.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge my colleagues in the diplomatic corps who are with us today.

I arrived in Hungary just over a year ago, and I’ve met many of you in the course of my work. In addition, we are voracious consumers of your articles and broadcasts in the Embassy, and we share a lot of your reporting with our colleagues in Washington, D.C. We have a great deal of respect for the press corps working in Hungary, both Hungarian journalists and international correspondents.

I am here to speak with you today about America’s commitment to the First Amendment and what free press means to us. I want to begin by thanking you. Even in difficult times you continue to press forward and ask difficult questions. Your commitment to seeking out the truth and shouting it from the mountaintops remains a democratic staple and I truly appreciate what you do. Let me say it again: thank you.

Men and women everywhere who cherish liberty know they must protect the freedom of the press. For this reason, I am not the first American official, and will not be the last, to speak in defense of a free press. It is fundamental to our foreign policy interests.

Let’s take for example the photos currently on display at the Museum of Ethnography in the World Press Photo exhibit, which I have spent time absorbing and which I strongly urge you to visit, if you have not already, before it moves from Budapest on October 23. Brave, creative, curious journalists captured moments of import, moments that tell a story by themselves. The stories they tell speak of triumph and tragedy, truth and awareness, bravery and failure, and journalists were there to capture it all, to report on what they saw, and to share history. These photos change our perceptions and can impact how viewers see the world. They remind us we need to remain open to new information and perspectives, including ones that don’t fit with our existing assumptions.

As I lay out my advocacy for freedom of the press, I want to be clear on one important point: freedom of the press does not mean that the press should be free from criticism, including from a government. I doubt this will shock you, but there are times when the press gets the facts wrong, or reports only those facts that support a particular editorial bias. I fear that in many places, the practice of objective reporting has become quaint and old-fashioned. It seems as though there’s no longer a separate “opinion section” in many publications–opinions dominate the entire publication.

My president is not shy about criticizing the media when he believes reporters get it wrong or show bias, and he is forthright in sharing his own perspective and advocating for the policies he supports. He criticizes news he believes is biased or inaccurate in order to try to change the narrative. In the finest traditions of our free press, those on the receiving end of his criticism are quick to respond and make their argument about why they think the president is wrong. As they often point out, not every criticism of the government is “fake news.”

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