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Dragomir Writes About Alarming Steps Against Independent Public Media in Slovakia

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.

Explore the Government-Friendly Media Empire in Hungary

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.

Marko on the Role of Public Service Media in Tackling Fake News and Propaganda

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.

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in Media

December 20, 2017

CMDS advisory board member Anya Schiffrin on her recent report about global trends in public trust in the media co-authored by CMDS advisory board member Ellen Hume.

We Need to Understand Who Really Has Control Over Access to Media Content

December 7, 2017

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.