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Commission takes Hungary to court over LGBTQ+ rights, media freedom

The European Commission has taken Hungary to the EU’s top court for allegedly violating laws on media freedom and LGBTQ+ rights.

The Commission Friday announced it was sending Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union for refusing to renew a radio license for independent Hungarian media Klubradio. Hungary will also have to face European judges over an anti-LGBTQ+ law. The law seeks to prevent children and teenagers from accessing content and ads about LGBTQ+ issues.

Budapest’s actions go against several European telecom, audiovisual, digital laws, including the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the e-Commerce Directive, the Commission argues. The anti-LGBTQ+ rules also infringe on crucial foundational European texts — the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and Treaty of the EU — and the EU Charter of fundamental rights.

Brussels’ move comes after it said Hungary’s explanations failed to assuage the Commission’s concerns. The Commission had launched infringement procedures in June 2021.


https://ift.tt/YDFC1AQ July 15, 2022 at 04:58PM
Clothilde Goujard

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