January 10, 2008, Budapest. The new EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive, extending regulation to an uncertainly identified portion of the Internet, may have a chilling effect on free speech in post-communist democracies, especially where the Internet is the primary free channel of communication. This was emphasized by Peter Molnár, senior research fellow (Central European University) at a public debate which was held at the Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest, January 9, 2008.
At the event Molnár presented the findings of his country report on the impact of the EU Directive in Hungary. His research is part of a regional project launched by SEENPM in November 2007.
More on the project here.