MINELRES: RFE/RL Media Matters: relevant excerpts (Azerbaijan, Hungary)

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RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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RFE/RL MEDIA MATTERS
Vol. 3, No. 17, 2 May 2003

"Freedom of information is...the touchstone of all the freedoms."
(UN Freedom of Information Conference, 1948)

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AZERBAIJAN

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NEWSPAPER OF RULING PARTY PUBLISHES ETHNIC SLUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CAMPAIGNER... 
Turan on 26 April quoted "Yeni Azerbaycan," the newspaper of the
eponymous ruling party, as reporting that embattled human rights
activist Eldar Zeynalov has changed his first name to Eduard. The
newspaper infers from this that Zeynalov is not of pure Azerbaijani
extraction, and comments that any person who is not 100 percent ethnic
Azeri is not capable of doing any good for the country. ("RFE/RL
Newsline," 29 April)

...IN STATE MEDIA TACTIC TO DISCREDIT OPPOSITION? In recent years,
state-controlled media have resorted to calling activists "Armenians"
regardless of their ethnic backgrounds as a means of discrediting their
public positions on sensitive regional issues of peace, security, and
human rights (see "RFE/RL (Un)Civil Societies" 30 April 2003). CC

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HUNGARY

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LABOR MINISTRY TO AID ROMANY RADIO STATION. Labor Minister Sandor Burany
said on 24 April that his ministry is offering a contract to Budapest's
cash-strapped Romany radio station, "Radio C," in the hope that the
station might help Roma find work, "Nepszabadsag" reported the next day.
The ministry will extend 4 million forints ($17,000) to the radio
station, and expects it to broadcast information concerning employment.
Radio C Editor in Chief Gyorgy Kerenyi said he is pleased with the news,
but he added that another 60 million forints must be raised if the radio
station is to operate. The radio station stopped its broadcasting on 7
April due to a lack of financing. ("RFE/RL Newsline," 25 April)

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