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Sunday, 26 October 2014

POLITICS, MONEY & BUSINESS

Anger mounts in Hungary over internet tax

Mihaly Varga

 
Budapest (AFP) - A proposed Hungarian tax on internet usage has sparked new accusations of an anti-democratic crackdown in the EU member as tens of thousands are expected to march against the measure Sunday.


Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said Tuesday that the tax -- 150 forints (0.50 euros, $0.61) on each transferred gigabyte of data -- was needed to plug holes in the 2015 budget of one of the EU's most indebted nations.
He also said the tax was fair as it reflected a shift by consumers to the internet away from phone lines.
The idea has triggered alarm, including from Nellie Kroes, the EU's digital chief, who tweeted that the tax was "a shame for users and a shame for the Hungarian government".
Governing right-wing party Fidesz, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, later proposed capping monthly payment at 700 forints (2.3 euros, $3) for consumers and 5,000 forints for businesses, but the move has failed to calm anger.
Some 36,000 people have signed up to a protest organised on social media to be held outside the Economy Ministry Sunday to demand the tax be scrapped.
Organisers told AFP Saturday via email that the tax would restrict access to information, particularly in poor areas, could cripple small businesses, and would restrict government critics who mainly use online media.
"It is the latest anti-democratic crackdown by Orban, a direct attack on freedom of expression," organisers said.
The top US diplomat in Budapest warned Friday of "negative trends" such as weakening of the rule of law and intimidation of civil society have "rapidly taken hold" in Hungary, days after Washington issued entry bans on six government officials it suspects of corruption. 


photo credit (AFP Photo/Attila Kisbenedek) 

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