The law sets up a new organisation, the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) which will according to the WSJ
expand the state’s power to monitor and penalize private media, allowing a media regulator appointed by the ruling party to fine journalists if coverage is deemed unbalanced.The law covers broadcasters, newspapers, weeklies and news websites.
The council handpicked by the ruling party will have the power to fine television and radio stations as much as 200 million forints (about €700,000) for coverage deemed politically out of balance. Maximum fines for national newspapers and websites were set at 25 million forints and for weeklies at 10 million forints.But according to reports it is so badly, and broadly drafted that it may even have similar powers over blogs. How they plan to police this is a different matter. But it might explain why their presidency blog doesn't allow comments. If it did and they were critical their own blog may fall foul of their law.
The Media Council will also have the right to access documents before publication. Journalists will have to disclose their sources on matters of national security, the parliament decided Tuesday.