The threats to independent journalism no longer come only from direct forms of state control. Where advocates of a vibrant public sphere once mobilized against the suppression and censorship of news, they now must also contend with the more complex challenge of media capture, the topic of a new book, In the Service of Power; Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy published by the Center for International Media Assistance and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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.
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech. The Center has recently published a collection of essays on harmful speech online that includes perspectives on and approaches to harmful speech online from a wide range of voices within the Berkman Klein Center community. The collection features Kate Coyer's essay "State Power and Extremism in Europe: The Uneasy Relationship Between Governments and Social Media Companies".
The Center for Media Data and Society at Central European University invites applications for a coordinator position.
What’s one of the biggest threats to media freedom today? Something that has over the past few years become a global phenomenon with dire consequences for independent journalism. No matter which continent we look at, we increasingly see media environments captured by the state or oligarchs who often do so to serve the ruling government’s interests or their own political agenda, contributing to a diminishing space for independent journalists and balanced news reporting.