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 the CEU Democracy Institute and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

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May 12, 2021
A new publication by Free Press Unlimited features a case study by our Senior Program Officer and Researcher Eva Bognar and Communications Officer at CEU Democracy Institute Robert Nemeth, and two chapters by our Project Officer Dumitrita Holdis.
May 4, 2021
On World Press Freedom Day 2021, CMDS Director Marius Dragomir talked to Euractiv about the situation of the media in Hungary in an interview.
April 30, 2021
We are happy to announce a new partnership with the Media Development Center at Birzeit University (Palestine) for the Media Influence Matrix Project.
April 29, 2021
Malaysiakini is one of Malaysia’s most popular news sites, and was founded in 1999. In 2002, still a medium size organization, with 20 staff members, making money mostly from advertising and other services, Malaysiakini decided to introduce a paywall at a time when internet access, credit cards and online payments were far from popular anywhere in the world. This episode tells the story of this incredible experiment and its consequences for independent media.


The Journalism Crisis and How To Fix It


Monday February 22

Marius Dragomir, Jane McElhone, Sonny Swe
February 22, 2021
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