This fundamental right is currently under pressure as rarely before since 1948. Dictatorships and openly authoritarian regimes openly and often violently persecute journalists who express dissenting opinions. In "illiberal democracies" like Hungary, rulers and their henchmen seize important media and bring them into line. And even in democratic countries where freedom of expression is not threatened by direct state intervention, diversity of opinion and high-quality journalism are coming under threat from economic constraints and increasing concentration in the media industry.
What does this development look like in detail? And above all: How can freedom of the press and independent journalism be defended against these tendencies? What new forms of organisation are there for independent media, and what are their chances of success?
These are the questions addressed by the panel "Media between Market and Power".