It’s really a little bit too ironic:
On January 1st 2011, the day when Hungary has enforced its disastrous censorship-law, this country has also taken over the Presidency of the EU Council.
I cannot accept that the heads of our states just keep on acting as ever in their grotesque politics-theatre!
Even if some eu-politicans pass criticism on hungary, there is no real opposition against that upcoming dicatorship.
But the recently implemented censorship is only the tip of the iceberg! So, I’ll give you a brief summary:
- Previosly there was a huge swing to the right, so that Orban and his right-conservatives obained the supermajority of the hungarian parliament.
- Then, stroke upon stroke. they adopted an awful lot of laws that will permanently ensure their retention of power.
- With this backing Orban made a terrifying political purge, only to compare with what we know about nazi-germany, after nsdap-takeover!
- In the course of this cleansing the right-conservative regime (calling itself „national cooperation“ and „administration of national unity“) replaced the chiefs of nearly all state institutions by regime-friendly persons – just as one example, there’s much more they did along these lines!
- so now all media, courts, administrative bodies, schools, universitys, etc is under the control of one party – and victor orban is the head of it and now for one year even the main representant of the european union.
I can’t believe it!
Europe’s bloggers are not going to accept that the EU Council will be presided over by a country acting against the fundamental rights of EU citizens. Such rank hypocrisy cannot go unchallenged. Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the EU is very clear about this:
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.
2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected.
We see this right being violated by the upcoming EU Council Presidency and are thus inviting bloggers from all around the EU to join our European Blog Action.
Voice your criticism in your blogs, on Twitter and Facebook – and put the links to your articles into the comments of this post. If you want, you can additionally send your links directly to the press team of the Hungarian Council Presidency – here is their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can also share your links and thoughts on Twitter – we are proposing the hashtag #NoToHuEU.
Let’s make ourselves heard!
- „Hungary passes law boosting government control of media“
- „Hungary to create new media watchdog“
- „Hungary expected to approve Bill critics say will muzzle press“
- „Hungary’s New Media Law Draws Fire“