|Project title||Freedom of speech, the politician mission|
|Thematic area||Action projects|
|Name of the organization||Hungarian Civil Liberties Union|
|Postal address||1136 Budapest, Tátra u. 15/b. 1.em. 1.|
|Project manager||Szabó Máté|
|Project timeframe||October 1st, 2015 - December 1st, 2015|
|Amount of support||6,692 €|
It is the right of thousands of Hungarian journalists and tens of thousands of citizens active in public life to formulate criticism - but doing so is rendered more and more impossible and risky by the current regulations. In such cases, civil and criminal proceedings can be initiated at the same time. Public officials enjoy a special protection against criticism. The campaign launched by the organization PolitiKuss (approximately: shut up by politicians) draws attention to this problem. A model law was drafted according to which defamation and libel shall be decriminalized, while persons exercising public power shall not initiate civil proceedings based on criticism related to their official activity. A website was launched through which citizens could send a letter to their MPs and ask them to initiate an amendment to the law. An independent MP supported the idea and submitted the proposed legislation to the Parliament.