Media and communications commissioner Jen Bodonovich is examining a story published on Népszava‘s website to see whether it violates new media regulations that enter into force today, the newspaper writes.
Bodonovich, acting on the initiative of communications state secretary Zoltán Kovács, is looking into “outrageous and irreverent” contributions regarding the funeral of former head of state Ferenc Mádl.
Bodonovich is investigating remarks “affecting Mádl and President Pál Schmitt,” the newspaper writes.
Népszava says it could not find out which remarks he objected to specifically.
Several new regulations based on the new media law that apply to the print and online media enter into force from today, specifiying fines for publishers and editors, Népszabadság reports.
One regulation bans abuse of assent given for a statement, guaranteeing the right of a person to revoke that statement.
Content considered harmful to the development of minors is banned, as is hate-mongering against individuals, nations, communities, churches, minorities or “a majority”.
Covert advertising is also banned. In addition, ads may not encourage anyone to display conduct harmful to health, safety, and the environment. It is forbidden to advertise tobacco, arms, ammunition, explosives or prescription medication.
Other regulations mandate respect for human dignity, human rights, and private life.
The maximum fine under the law is Ft 25 million for daily newspapers, Ft 10 million for national weeklies, Ft 5 million for other periodicals and up to Ft 25 million for online media.