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Past, Present, and Future of the Hungarian Community Radio Movement
Past, present, and future of the Hungarian community radio movement
GergelyGosztonyi
The Community Radio Movement in Hungary

Immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, as democratic reforms swept across Eastern Europe, the Hungarian media landscape remained remarkably unchanged. Despite popular support for media democratization, it took several years—and a newly elected Socialist government—before legislators addressed the problem of the media in Hungary. On December 21, 1995, Act I of 1996 on Radio and Television Broadcasting (the “Media Act;” Parliament of the Republic of Hungary, 1996) was enacted. The Act put an end to a moratorium on frequency allocations that had stifled efforts to “open up” the airwaves and that signaled the beginning of a tripartite media system ...

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