Hungarian radio station targeted by Orban wins compensation

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A Hungarian appeals court has awarded nearly $400,000 in compensation to an opposition radio station which Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government tried to push off the airwaves after it returned to power in 2010.

The Budapest Appeals Court said Tuesday that Klubradio must be reimbursed for license fees it paid in 2010-2013 after it was blocked from using a frequency free of charge and because of remarks by media authority officials that damaged its reputation.

The court also ordered a new, first instance procedure in another claim by the broadcaster, seeking 1.3 billion forints ($4.7 million) from the media authority for lost revenues.

The government's campaign against Klubradio was considered one of the most tangible effects of a much-criticized media law, later partially amended in response to European Union objections.