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Political Freedoms

The Political Freedoms Program deals with the right to freedom of speech and of the press, the right to freedom of assembly and association, and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Unless harming others' rights, the right to express one's views freely in private or public, even if those views are shocking or offensive, is the basis of an open and democratic society.


The Statement of HCLU Regarding the New Amendment Proposals Presented in Relation to the Media Law

14 September, 2010 - 14:39

HCLU continues to maintain its position that the Bill regarding the fundamental rules of press freedom and media content is conceptually misguided, and therefore we ask for its removal from the Competent.

You may read our position here (in Hungarian).

HCLU protests against the proposed new media legislation

28 July, 2010 - 11:45

The new media-press regulation plan is unfounded, and fails to meet established European freedom of press standards. Moreover, the so-called “media package” sponsored by two right-wing MPs from the governing party (Antal Rogán, András Cser-Palkovics), contains bills with several unconstitutional clauses. The bills would bring about significant changes to the functioning of printed press, television, radio and part of the internet as well. The HCLU disapproves of the process by which the new parliamentary majority has gone about building a completely new regulation plan without any previous consultation, open debate with stakeholders, experts or journalists.  This is foolhardy at best, since the bills represent an attempt at a far-reaching overhaul in media regulation.

Assessing the First Wave of Legislation by Hungary's New Parliament

27 July, 2010 - 15:16

Three NGOs, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the  Eötvös Károly Institute and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee have reviewed and commented on the way the Fidesz-KDNP Government has performed its legislative work so far, and consequently submit their criticism below.

Letter to the Minister of Justice and Law Enforcement

9 April, 2008 - 06:00

The HCLU has written a letter to Tibor Draskovics, Hungarian Minister of Justice and Law Enforcement, to question why private security services were allowed to check identities and search the clothing of citizens during the March 15th National State Ceremonies.

Civil Organizations Address State Dignitaries on the Crisis in Tibet

31 March, 2008 - 06:00

Last week’s events have shaken the common opinion of the public’s conscience. The Tibet Support Association, Protect the Future, the Hungarian Young Greens and the HCLU believes in Hungary having the responsibility of standing up in this matter. Read our letter!

Executive Board of the Labour Party Acquitted

12 March, 2008 - 05:00

Upon the initiation of the President of Capitol Court, criminal proceedings were started against the Executive Board of the Labour Party for defamation. According to the accusation and later the arraignment, 7 members of the Board have committed the act of defamation. The Party – in a statement - deemed a verdict of the Capitol Court a ’political decision’ and ’revenge of power’.

Capital Court of Appeals Verdict: the protection of public authority institution’s reputation cannot restrict the freedom of pol

5 December, 2007 - 06:00

Today, the Capital Court of Appeals has reached its verdict in the 2nd degree proceedings of the Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement vs. Viktor Orbán. Read on for the details!

Freedom of Speech vs. Metropolitan Court: 0-1

7 November, 2007 - 06:00

Yesterday, the Court of Székesfehérvár has returned its first instance decision in the lawsuit against members of the board of the Labour Party. Freedom of Speech lost….Read on for the deatails!

Letter to the Head of State Regarding the Act on Hate Speech

30 October, 2007 - 05:00

Today, the HCLU has turned to Dr. László Sólyom, Head of the Republic of Hungary to request that he practice his constitutional right and send the amendment of the Civil Code, the newly passed Act on Hate Speech to the Constitutional Court for an opinion before signing it.

Press Release: Meeting of High Commissioner of Police and President of HCLU

8 August, 2007 - 06:00

On August 7th, 2007 Dr. Bencze József, Liutenant General High Comissioner of Hungarian National Police invited Balázs Dénes, President of the HCLU and his colleagues to a meeting at the National Police Headquarters. For results of this meeting, please read the below press release.