A decade or so ago, if you were invited to speak about media pluralism, one would prepare a few slides featuring the dangers of media ownership concentration. As the media industry has changed dramatically due to the rise of digital technologies, the debate on media pluralism has to be reframed.
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.
Transitions Online has recently published an article about possible changes in the ownership of one of the biggest media outlets in Central and Eastern Europe. As Transitions writes, “several sources told Reuters that a consortium headed by Chinese energy and investment group CEFC wants to buy Central European Media Enterprises (CME) from Time Warner”.
Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies has recently organized a one-day seminar about the current state of media freedom and the rise of illiberal democracies in Central and Eastern Europe.