Our Senior Program Manager Marius Dragomir was one of the presenters at the Sixth Expert Roundtable of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, discussing the role of public service media in countering disinformation.
Media and Technology
Independent media is a pillar of democracy and key to sustaining healthy political engagement and public debate. The Institute extends CEU’s existing research into transparency and public trust in media, the origins and impact of disinformation, and power dynamics that enable or hinder democratic processes. The Institute deepens CEU’s work examining strategies deployed by de-democratizing forces to control media, how changes of ownership structures influence the scope of independent journalism, and how new rules on privacy and freedom of speech impact public debate.
The Institute also incorporates the Center for Media, Data and Society, founded in 2004 for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Conducted through independent investigation as well as partnerships with academic organizations, think tanks and journalists, the center’s research includes analysis of political, regulatory and policy developments, comparative and data-based studies on the shifts of power in media and journalism, and the interaction between these developments and broader political and social processes, including de-democratization, polarization and corruption. Members of CMDS participate in debates and forums, share expertise with practitioners, researchers and civil society actors, and teach and explain media policy in workshops, lectures and conferences.
As per October 2022, CMDS commenced its operations under the name Media and Journalism Research Center (MJRC) independently of CEU. Its website and social media accounts are archives of projects conducted by CMDS as a CEU unit and will not be updated.
|Eva Bognar||Senior Program Officer|
|Kate Coyer||CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Visiting Professor|
|Grace Rademacher||Fulbright Fellow|
|Judit Szakacs||Research Fellow|
|Orsolya Vasarhelyi||Post-doctoral Fellow|
|Balazs Vedres||Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor|
This year's Reuters Institute Digital News Report provides evidence that much of the public is turning away from important stories such as the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the cost-of-living crisis. Eva Bognar, Senior Program Officer and Researcher of our Center for Media, Data and Society wrote the chapter on Hungary.
Our Center for Media, Data and Society has launched the State Media Monitor, the world’s state media database, the most complete state media database ever built.
Our Senior Program Officer and Researcher Eva Bognar talked to the primetime news program of RTL Klub, the TV channel with the largest reach in Hungary, about the impact of government propaganda.
Orban’s landslide victory shows the “dramatic level of manipulation of the Hungarian society by a group of powerful businessmen and politicians” as well as the pro-Russian discourse gaining ground in the past 12 years, Marius Dragomir, Director of our Center for Media, Data and Society said to Hungarian weekly 168 Ora.
In the fifth episode of the CMDS podcast series, Andrea Gálvez, a journalist based in Argentina, takes over and tells the story of Tiempo Argentino's rebirth as a journalistic cooperative.
In the fourth episode of the CMDS podcast series the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike introduce Malaysiakini, one of Malaysia’s most popular news sites.
In the third episode of the CMDS podcast series the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike explore the question whether journalism cooperatives and subscription newsletters will put power back in the hands of journalists.
In the second episode of the podcast series produced by CEU Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society, the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike talk about Belarus Free Theatre, and Al-Hudood, two organizations that overcame geographical distances to report on their homes from abroad.
The first episode of the new podcast series of CEU Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) addresses political interference and reader solidarity by focusing on the story of Telex.hu.