In December 2010, the Hungarian Parliament passed a new law expanding the government's power to monitor and control the news media.
Among other things, it requires blogger and online forums to register to be disseminated in Hungary, and threatens to fine journalists who fail to report "objectively."
SJMC Professor Jane Kirtley will discuss whether the matter is an internal one, as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insists, or if the law has greater implications for fundamental rights in the European Union.
The forum is part of the "Europe in the News Series," sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Silha Center for Media Ethics and Law, the Center for German and European Studies and the European Studies Consortium. It will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in room 614 of the Social Sciences building, 267-19th Ave S. Log onto https://events.umn.edu/010222 to learn more.