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Central European University (CEU)
Nador utca 15 Building N11 Room 004

Media between Market and Power

German; Hungarian

This event will take place at the Central European University (CEU) Budapest

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, states in Article 19: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

This roundtable arose out of the cooperation with the "Global Assembly for Human Rights and Democracy" (


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". 



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