Invitation to Court: Journalist vs. Hungarian Privatization and State Holding Company

Nóra Somlyódi, journalist of Magyar Narancs has initiated a lawsuit against the Hungarian Privatization and State Holding Company for denying access to public interest data on the Experimental Economic Holding Company of Herceghalom.

The journalist was interested in details of the company’s operations. Since the Hungarian Privatization and State Holding Company is a shareholder of the Experimental Economic Holding Company, the journalist is entitled to gain access to the requested data. Everyone is entitled to access data of the state’s public funds. The journalist will be represented by the HCLU.

 

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