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Publishing a true report on a press conference about issues of public life shall not make the press liable for denigration

13 December 2017

According to the recent decision of the Constitutional Court, no rumour-spreading shall be established when a report is published in the press on a press conference about public affairs of public figures, if the reporting gives accurate account of what has been presented there, without any own assessment, by clearly indicating the sources of information, and by providing an opportunity to publish the reply or the rebuttal of the person affected by the statements of facts that may infringe one’s reputation. The Court annulled the judgement that had reached a conclusion to the contrary. The reporting about the press conference of public figures shall be regarded as an exemption when journalists are exempted from their obligation of verifying the truthfulness of the facts published.

 

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The order issued by the President of the National Office for the Judiciary is in conflict with the Fundamental Law in many respect

3 December 2017

Last year the president of the National Office for the Judiciary (hereinafter: “NOJ”) issued an order on the rules of integrity, i.e. about the lawful, unbiased and impeccable operation of the courts and the respective conduct of the judges. On the basis of a constitutional complaint, the Constitutional Court examined the Order and established that it was in conflict with the Fundamental Law in many respect, therefore it annuled certain parts of the Order. According to the Fundamental Law, judges are only subordinated to the law, thus they should be independent not only of the legislator and the executive power but also of other judges.  With regard to the latter, the possibility of adminstrative influence shall be excluded.

 

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Tamás Sulyok: the time has come for the first comprehensive evaluation of the Fundamental Law

2 December 2017

Last autumn the Constitutional Court and the Curia launched a joint research program on examining the enforcement of the Fundamental Law. Judges and scholars of law arriving from various parts of the Country as well as lecturers and research fellows of the departments of constitutional law at the universities present the results of this program in the framework of a two-day conference in Budapest. Renowned speakers convey as much as twenty professional presentations on up-to-date legal issues affecting several scopes of the society. Tamás Sulyok the president of the Constitutional Court and Péter Darák the president of the Curia welcomed the participants on behalf of the organising institutions.

 

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The mere image of an accused person in handcuffs and on transport restraint cord does not violate the presumption of innocence.

29 November 2017

Although during criminal procedures the authorities must pay respect to the affected person’s right to the presumption of innocence, this shall not affect the freedom of the press. Attaching to the press report an illustration showing the affected person in handcuffs and on a transport restraint cord before the delivery of the final judgement shall not be contrary to the Fundamental Law.

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