Hungary’s Jobbik Party, a party so far to the right that France’s Marine Le Pen won’t touch it with a whole bundle of rods, cannot be identified as “far-right” by Hungary’s broadcast media:
Hungary’s supreme court said that by referring to Jobbik as a “parliamentary far-right party” in a newscast in 2012, the Hungarian commercial television channel ATV breached the law because it expressed an opinion. Jobbik said ATV violated the statutory ban on opinionated news commentary.Hungary’s media regulatory bodies, the Media Authority and the Media Council sided with Jobbik, and ATV went to court, where it won in a lower court.But the supreme court overturned the earlier ruling. The court said that since Jobbik does not consider itself an extreme-right party, referring to it as “far-right” expresses an opinion, and leaves a negative impression with the viewer.
In its next decision, we hear the court is expected to make it illegal to say that that ugly neo-Nazi loons are turning Hungary into a global laughingstock. Such statements would also involve “judgement”, and that is something Hungarian law courts find scary and subversive.