“Fake news media” to be punished?

Jobbik lawmaker Peter Jakab on Monday submitted to parliament a draft legislation proposing that media organisations convicted for providing false information should be stripped of any form of state funding.

Peter Jakad reminded: unfortunately in the recent years so-called fake news have flooded Hungarian discourse, and their main goal is usually the same, to misinform the public, often to shape their political views.

Media outlets accumulating at least three final court rulings in one year for spreading fake information should lose “direct or indirect access” to state monies, he said.

The ruling parties built their campaign before the last general election on “lies by (ruling) Fidesz’s media”, Jakab told a press conference on Monday, adding that it also harmed the state’s credibility.

Source and photo: MTI

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