|Project title||Developing the institutional background for media self-regulation and press complaints comission in Hungary|
|Thematic area||Democracy and human rights|
|Name of the organization||Editors' Forum Hungary|
|Postal address||1124 Budapest, Levendula u. 11. (Weyer Balázs néven)|
|Project manager||Weyer Balázs, Halpert Judit|
|Project timeframe||September 1st, 2014 - May 30th, 2016|
|Amount of support||52,360 €|
Since 2010, media regulation in Hungary has been criticized at home and abroad for not adequately guaranteeing media pluralism and freedom. These laws were elaborated with no prior consultation with the professional communities and the public, thus they did not build on widely discussed drafts. The Center for Independent Journalism – with the Mérték Standards Media Monitor - facilitates a professional and social dialogue to contribute to a long-term, future media regulation based on strong legitimacy and the European standards of media freedom. Journalists, representatives of media organizations, companies, civil society organizations, researchers and lawyers will discuss draft concepts of key issues - the regulatory authority, regulation of the media market, media literacy and self-regulation, public service media - at public debates and via online forum from October 2013. Based on the conclusions of the closing conference in February 2014, a final concept will be elaborated.
Progress of the project:
The aim of the project - started in September 2014 - is to develop institutional background for media self-regulation and press complaints comission in Hungary to ensure respecting the rules of ethical journalism and being accountable to the public. As a result of the project in December 2015 korrektor.hu has been established on the initiative of Editors' Forum Hungary with a broad cooperation of professional organisations; the Hungarian Publishers’ Association (Magyar Lapkiadók Egyesülete - MLE) and the Association of Hungarian Content Providers (Magyarországi Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete - MTE) are also among the founding members. After the adoption of the Code of Ethics in 2012, the establishment of Korrektor has been the next major step towards ensuring the responsible, transparent and accountable operation of quality journalism.
On the korrektor.hu site anyone can report a suspected or alleged violation of the code of ethics in a medium and the organisation will investigate the matter. This solution is not only quicker and cheaper than the legal procedure but grievances of a non-legal nature can also be addressed via this channel. An ad hoc arbitration committee of three members is set up to decide upon the reported violations and the affiliated editorial teams have agreed to be bound by the decisions.
As a result of the project:
•public confidence in the media will enhance;
•the role of alternative arbitration channels will grow and thereby the number of litigation cases will fall;
•journalism will become more ethical;
•the relationship between the press and the audience will strengthen, customer awareness and quality standards will increase;
•the conclusions of complaints will be integrated into the everyday life of the press, legislation and the application of law;
•ethical aspects and the right and wrong methods will become part of the everyday life of technical debates on press issues and will enhance the freedom and quality of press.
Besides the founding organisations, ÖRT and the Media Self-Regulatory Board (Média Önszabályzó Testület - MÖT) have also decided to participate in the cooperation. The Association of Hungarian Journalists (Magyar Újságírók Országos Szövetsége - MÚOSZ), the Community of Hungarian Journalists (Magyar Újságírók Közössége - MÚK), the Hungarian Catholic Association of the Press (Magyar Katolikus Újságírók Szövetsége - MAKÚSZ), the Protestant Journalists' Association (Protestáns Újságírók Szövetsége - PRÚSZ), the Hungarian Press Union (Sajtószakszervezet) and the Hungarian Journalists’ Association of Romania (Magyar Újságírók Romániai Egyesülete - MÚRE) are the member organisations of MÖT. Within the scope of the cooperation, the parties consult on matters where both parties are affected.