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Top Court Bars Application of Budapest Decree Demanding Space in Free Papers

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.28.

The Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, has temporarily banned the application of a decree of the Budapest municipality which demanded space in certain free distribution newspapers in exchange for use of the city’s public spaces.

At the request of the Budapest government office, the Kúria’s Local Government Council has banned the application of clauses in a metropolitan council decree under which the Budapest local government would dispose over the content of at least four pages in newspapers distributed free of charge in public spaces in Budapest, the court’s press department said.

Budapest Decree Demanding Space in Free Papers Found Unlawful by Gov't Office
Budapest Decree Demanding Space in Free Papers Found Unlawful by Gov't Office

The government office of Budapest has declared a decree of the Budapest municipality which demanded space in certain free newspapers in exchange for use of the city’s public spaces unlawful, daily Magyar Nemzet reported. According to the decree, the Budapest local government would dispose of the content of “at least four pages” in newspapers distributed […]Continue reading

Under the suspended clauses, the content of those pages would have been decided exclusively by the municipality, as long as it is “of public interest”.

In its justification, the Kúria said it would have been more harmful not to suspend the clauses in question than to reject the government office’s legal challenge. The suspension applies until the court issues a substantive decision in the matter, for which, under the law, it has 90 days.

According to press reports, the municipal council decree applies to the Pesti Hírlap and Metropol newspapers and aims to promote the appearance of public service advertisements in the papers.

In the featured photo illustration: Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI


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