Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law


Hungarian Digital Media Cases Before Supranational European Courts

Keywords digital media, Hungary, Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt, Herbai, Telenor, Magyar Jeti
Authors Gergely Gosztonyi, Daniella Huszár en Gergely Ferenc Lendvai
Author's information

Gergely Gosztonyi
Gergely Gosztonyi: associate professor of law, ELTE Law School, Budapest.

Daniella Huszár
Daniella Huszár: Ph.D. student, ELTE Law School, Budapest; junior associate, CMS Budapest TMT.

Gergely Ferenc Lendvai
Gergely Ferenc Lendvai: Ph.D. student, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.
  • Abstract

      The last decade brought turmoil in the media field in Central Eastern Europe. Hungary, although a member of the EU since 2004, is a country where concerns about media freedom were growing in the last decade. Taking account of the country as a prominent player in the illiberal regimes, it is not surprising that famous media-related cases could be found in front of different international courts. Cases before the ECtHR like Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt versus Hungary, Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete and Zrt versus Hungary, Magyar Jeti Zrt versus Hungary, or Herbai versus Hungary show new ways to treat questions concerning digital media. The same is applicable to Ker-Optika, Artisjus or Telenor Magyarország cases before the CJEU. The article explores those landmark Hungarian digital media cases before supranational European courts and shows that although Hungary’s internal regulation has been the subject of much criticism, the country has made a significant contribution to clarifying the details of European digital media regulation.

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