The CMCS launches a new website: the Hungarian Media Monitor

The Hungarian Media Monitor is a new project and a new website, which is now online at mediamonitor.ceu.hu.

The purpose of the Hungarian Media Monitor is to contribute to and inform the current debates among policy makers, advocacy groups, and journalists over how to safeguard media freedom and pluralism at the domestic, regional, and European-wide levels. Specifically, the aim of this project is to track, document and assess the impacts of Hungary’s new media laws on the country’s media environment. Through the Monitor, independent experts and scholars will provide policy relevant data, news and analyses relating to changes in media ownership and other market developments by providing ongoing monitoring and analysis of the implementation of the 2010 legislation and its impacts on media ownership and media pluralism in Hungary.

The project includes:

  • Research and analyses of key developments and trends related to the impacts of the 2010 media legislation on Hungary’s media landscape.
  • A media-monitoring blog, which provides English-language updates, summaries and analyses of key events related to the Hungarian media landscape, including regulatory and licensing decisions, changes to media ownership, and market updates.
  • A digital archive of materials related to media ownership, regulatory decisions and licensing decisions, market information, English-language summaries of news items, and other relevant materials. The purpose of this collection is to provide a central, open-access resource of materials on Hungary’s media landscape.

This project is led by the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University, in partnership with media-monitoring NGO Standards Media Monitor (Mérték Médiaelemző Műhely - MEM) and investigative reporting and pro-transparency NGO Átlátszó. It draws together a team of media experts, policy researchers, market analysts and journalists to monitor and examine more closely the changes to Hungary’s media ownership landscape and media market since the 2010 laws were introduced. This project is funded by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust).

For more information, contact Éva Bognár (bognare (at) ceu.hu) or Amy Brouillette (brouillettea (at) ceu.hu).

Our partners

Standards Media Monitor (Mérték Médiaelemző Műhely – MEM) is a Hungarian NGO committed to freedom of opinion and freedom of the press. The group’s aim is to monitor and evaluate the impact of the new Hungarian media legislation and other media policy decisions on the media market, media contents and journalistic practices, and more broadly to raise awareness about press freedom issues in Hungary. The group is composed of media lawyers, economists, journalists, researchers and academics who operate independent from business and political interest groups.

Átlátszó Center for Investigative Journalism is an award-winning watchdog NGO in Budapest which combines investigative journalism and civic activism to promote transparency in Hungary. The organization brings together journalists, lawyers, IT-specialists, academics and other independent experts who produce investigative reports, file freedom of information requests, fight for public data in courts, and help and defend whistleblowers who wish to shine light on corruption issues or other misuses of power. Átlátszó publishes all its relevant findings online, and organizes transparency campaigns with the involvement of the public. Since it was launched in 2011, the group has produced a series of ground-breaking investigations into business corruption in Hungary.