Media Freedom in Hungary roundtable discussions: A European Fundamental Right at Risk? Watch the video online

On October 31, the CEU School for Public Policy and the CMCS, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, organized two roundtable discussions on media freedom in Hungary. Panelists at the first roundtable reviewed the state of the media in Hungary three years after the adoption of new media laws, while the next panel discussion focused on media pluralism and the European agenda.

The event was streamed online, and if you missed the event, you can still watch the videos now (Panel 1; Panel 2); or read a write-up of the event.

“Hungarian media legislation looked ugly on paper but it looks uglier in reality” - Attila Mong
“Our judgment is that now, the scope of media freedom is actually greater than it used to be” - Andras Koltay
“There are clear signs of this 'chilling effect' on Hungarian journalists” - Dunja Mijatović
“More and more media outlets are under the ownership of oligarchs who made their fortunes via their political and state business relationships” - Balázs Weyer

Panelists included Rebecca Harms (President of the Green Group in the European Parliament), Dunja Mijatović (OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media), Andras Koltay (Member of the Media Council; Associate Professor, Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Balázs Weyer (Chairman of the Editors' Society in Hungary), Attila Mong (Deputy Editor-in-Chief of, the CMCS's Amy Brouillette and Sejal Parmar of the CEU Legal DepartmentThe roundtables were moderated by the CMCS's Kate Coyer.