Following the fall of the Iron Curtain and the regime changes, media markets of Central Eastern European countries have changed substantially.
Big Western European corporations had easily entered and conquered the newly opened and yet poorly regulated markets. They have also had a key role in this transformation since the 1990s, shaped by economic, cultural and political factors.
In the affected countries, some welcomed or even gained profit through these investments while others considered the interference of western capital unfavourable for the freedom of press.
Has it brought real transformation and balance into the information space, or rather renamed old Soviet-Communist players? Should a country defend its ‘national voice’ in spite of market forces? Is media part of politics or just an outsider observer of it? Whose responsibility is it to provide plurality? What’s the role of media in democracies today at all?
DATE: 19 February 2020 18:00-19:30
VENUE: Budapest Music Center - Library (1093 Budapest, Mátyás street 8.)
Lukáš Kovanda, Czech economist and author, Chief Economist at Czech Fund
Łukasz Warzecha, Polish journalist and political commentator, Do Rzeczy magazine
Zoltán Szalai, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Mandiner
Moderator: Fanni Surjányi, Head of Research, MCC
(Deadline: 19 February 2020 12:00)
The event is in English with simultaneous translation.
The event will be recorded and the film will be uploaded to MCC’s YouTube channel. By attending, you agree to the use of your image in the video.