Brown-Bag Lunch with Miklos Haraszti
CEU's Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) and OSI-Budapest will be co-hosting our next brown-bag lunch, which will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 noon in conference room 803 (Oktober 6. u. 12.) Miklos Haraszti, a media expert and member of our Media Program Sub-Board, will speak with us about the expected effects of Hungary's media law package.
A note from Miklos Haraszti regarding the media law package is attached as preparatory reading for the discussion. In case you would like to read more on the subject, please visit the CMCS website at http://www.cmcs.ceu.hu. Those with access to the Open Society Foundations’ KARL intranet site can also see the Hungarian Media Law community at
Miklos Haraszti is a Hungarian writer, editor, professor and human rights promoter. Convicted on "subversion" charges in the early 1970s, he went on to become a founder of Hungary’s democratic and free press movement. In 1989, he participated in the "Roundtable Negotiations" on the transition to free elections. As a member of the Hungarian parliament in the 1990s, Haraszti authored the country's first laws on press freedom. From 2004 to 2010, he served as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and in October-November 2010 he headed the OSCE assessment mission for the U.S. midterm elections. In fall 2010, he co-taught a course on global press freedom issues at Columbia University with Lee C. Bollinger, the university’s president. Haraszti’s books, including A Worker in a Worker’s State and The Velvet Prison, have been translated into many languages.