July 29th, 2013

Ombudsman wants review of restrictions on criticism of politicians

Ombudsman Mate Szabo has turned to the Constitutional Court and asked the body for a review of passages in Hungary’s new civil code, which seeks to restrict people’s right to criticise public officials, the Ombudsman’s Office told MTI in a statement on Sunday.

The ombudsman voiced concern over stipulations under which people in public positions could only be criticised “out of reasonable public interest”, in a proportionate manner, and without harming their human dignity.

In its statement, the Ombudsman’s Office said that the first requirement created legal uncertainty and a too stringent restriction of the freedom of expression.

Stipulations that critical opinions should be expressed in a proportionate manner and they should not be humiliating already follow from the constitution, but banning criticism of politicians unless it arises from a public interest is unjustified; moreover, reasonableness of that interest is difficult to define, the statement said.

According to the ombudsman, players in public life should live with the fact that their activities are followed by the media and society, and they should have a higher tolerance against critical voices.

Hungary’s new civil code will take effect on March 15, 2014.

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  • Guru

    CC’s definitely going to strike this one down

  • J Stark

    Orban is gyurcsany on steroids, if you are still stuck in the paradigm of political parties I feel sorry for you. All of them are deceptive mafia scum. Morality is absolute, and does not depend on percentages, mandatory taxation is either wrong or right, group rights are either wrong or right, group ownership of the individual’s property is either wrong or right. Owning yourself is either wrong or right. Offensive violence is either wrong or right.

    If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated.
    If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested.
    If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed.
    If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead.
    These procedures are known as the Rule of Law…
    Well, unless if you are just cattle owned by the state… than you should be grateful for the statist and corporatist crap they serve you with.


    • steve bandit

      I agree with you whole heartedly why should a handful of mafia scum dictate to us, the people what we should say, when we should say it and to whom, f..ck them all and they can rot in hell after their upcomming defeat. Our forefathers (1956) did not rise up against the commie bastards just to have a bunch of mafia swines treat us in the same manner in this “modern today” let our voices be heard

    • Leto مؤدّب

      “Orban is gyurcsany on steroids”

      In fact you’re a moron on some drug.

      Gyurcsány ruined the country (and took out a 25 billion IMF loan), Orbán is recuperating the country (and paying back that loan),

      • gita

        By borrowing money at a higher rate.

        • Leto مؤدّب

          Another common postcommie lie.

          Hungary’s IMF quota is about 1 billion EUR. The interest is 2.5% on this amount. There is a 2 percent extra interest on the amount over 300% of this quota up. Then there is an extra one percent on loans over three years. Plus the interest on IMF loans are not fixed, the final amount can be known exactly only on maturation.
          Hungary issued USD nominated treasury bonds at 4.2% for 10 years in February and the early repayment will be done from this.
          What is happening now is that the short term strings-attached IMF loan is substituted for long term no-strings market-based loans at about the same interest.

      • Stark

        Thanks for proving my point on partisanship.

  • MagyarViking

    Well, whatever will ‘leto’ insult people with after March 14th next year?

    • Vasko

      Well……I don’t believe that the law applies to any other parties or political officials, just Fidesz ones.

  • Counterpoint

    In this upside down world individuals are owned by the state and can be terrorized any way our dear leader and his chosen people see fit.
    The population is being forced into submission by anti-freedom laws and Orban’s new gestapo storm troopers (TEK) costing billions of the abused taxpayer’s money.
    In a healthy society politicians are hired to represent the people’s needs and wishes, not to blindly follow their beloved dictator into insanity.
    Politicians should fear the people, not the other way around.

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