Decision-making in the Bulgarian media regulation and policy is a highly politicized process dominated by a few groups of businessmen associated with political parties. Political control of media regulation has a negative impact on independent journalism in the country, according to a new report released today by the CEU Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS).
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.
In their new book published by CEU Press, Kristina Irion and Tarik Jusic compare the results of twenty years of international media assistance in the five countries of the western Balkans, looking at what happens to imported models when they are applied to newly evolving media systems in societies in transition.
Correctiv, the first non-profit newsroom in the German-speaking region that investigates injustice and abuses of power, while also promoting media literacy and implement educational programs, has recently interviewed Marius Dragomir, director of CMDS about his research on how fake news spread and what motives lie behind fake news sites beyond ideology.
CMDS director Marius Dragomir has a new column written for The Times. In the piece published on November 2, "Free media are under assault in the heart of Europe" (available to subscribers) Dragomir warns about the more and more alarming prevalence of threats against journalists in Central Eastern Europe.