Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS)

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CMCS arrowThe SPP Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) is a research center of the Central European University in Budapest dedicated to advancing media and communication scholarship and policy and the democratic potential of the media.

Read more about who we are and what we do.

Recently published:

Democracy's Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring
Authored by CMCS Director Philip N. Howard and Muzammil M. Hussain; published by Oxford University Press.

The Content and Context of Hate Speech: Rethinking Regulation and Responses
Edited by Michael Herz and CMCS Research Fellow Peter Molnar; published by Cambridge University Press.

Facing Boundaries, Finding Freedom: An In-Depth Report on Iranian Journalists Working in Iran
Authored by Magdalena Wojcieszak, CMCS Research Fellow Amy Brouillette, and Briar Smith; published by the Annenberg School for Communication's Iran Media Program.

Online Personal Data Processing and EU Data Protection Reform
Edited by Kristina Irion, former Research Director Public Policy at the CMCS, and Giacomo Luchetta; published by the Centre for European Policy Studies.

New project & website:

Previous research on the Hungarian media laws:

Research: "Hungarian Media Laws in Europe"
Interactive website
Full study (PDF) / Executive summary (PDF)

Archive: Controversial media legislation in Hungary
Interactive timeline and selected resources

CMCS books:

Book cover Media freedom and pluralism - book cover Comparative Media Systems - book cover
Media, Nationalism and European Identities Media Freedom and Pluralism  - Media Policy Challenges in the Enlarged Europe Comparative Media Systems: European and Global Perspectives

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