The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a research center for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS is part of CEU’s School of Public Policy and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

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January 23, 2018

CMDS launches a new research project called Media Influence Matrix to investigate the profound influence that rapid shifts in policy, sources of funding and technology companies in the public sphere are having on journalism today. Read Nicholas Benequista's article on the importance of researching who's influencing the media and what are the biggest threats to media freedom.

January 17, 2018

The management of RTVS, Slovakia’s public broadcaster, is poised to turn the station into a political enterprise. The recent cancellation of the station’s sole investigative journalism program is part of that strategy. In his latest piece for MediaPowerMonitor, Dragomir reports on the recent measures taken to curb the independence of public media in Slovakia, including the sudden cancelling of an investigative journalist program, Reporteri.

January 16, 2018

CMDS fellow Attila Bátorfy has created a data visualization for Átlátszó.hu about the changes in Hungarian media ownership and the growth of the government-friendly media empire in Hungary, which now includes more than 500 publications. Click through the infographic below to see how this empire has grown this huge.

January 3, 2018

“Public service media (PSM) are legitimate and needed keepers of democratic order, and should play a crucial role in combating misinformation and propaganda,” believes Davor Marko, non-resident CMDS fellow during a panel discussion in Vilnius, Lithuania, organized by the Eastern European Studies Centre in Vilnius and the MEMO98 in Slovakia, who conducted an intensive monitoring of PSM performance in ten Central and Eastern European countries to detect trends related to fake news.

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