The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries

Free press and freedom of speech are among democracy’s essential prerequisites; however, they should not be taken for granted. Published by the Hungarian think tank Republikon Institute, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries provides a detailed insight into the media status inContinua a leggere “The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries”

Elections in Syria: Assad’s Staggering Victory Confirms Tirana Index Works

In 1982, Charles Krauthammer wrote in The New Republic about the Tirana Index, a scale that evaluated the attendance of ballot results concluding that the higher the vote a government receives in an election, the more tyrannical it is. It would seem to be still a reliable indicator given the latest confirmation, occurred last WednesdayContinua a leggere “Elections in Syria: Assad’s Staggering Victory Confirms Tirana Index Works”

Threats and Undermining of the Press: Media Freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia

The state of media freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia is increasingly getting worse. Independent news outlets are rarer and limited, and the governments directly threaten journalists. Media freedom is suffering. According to the “2020 World Press Freedom Index” of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Hungary and Poland are in the “orange zone” of the ranking,Continua a leggere “Threats and Undermining of the Press: Media Freedom in Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia”

Taking a Side Between Trade, Defence, Illusions in the New Transatlantic Relations

The European Union deceives itself if it thinks its problems in the transatlantic relations are over with Donald Trump’s defeat and Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House. Compared to his predecessor, the new US president has shown remarkable openness and a multilateralist attitude. However, it’s a mistake to think Biden will solve the EU’sContinua a leggere “Taking a Side Between Trade, Defence, Illusions in the New Transatlantic Relations”

Kaja Kallas and the Liberal Estonia of the Future

After the resignation of Jüri Ratas (Estonian Centre Party) on January 13th, due to an inquiry entailing alleged corruption charges against his party, Kaja Kallas, the centre-right Reform Party’s leader, has become the first female Estonian Prime Minister. The list of the leading women in Northern Europe is growing faster. This is good news forContinua a leggere “Kaja Kallas and the Liberal Estonia of the Future”

Group America: Investigation a US-Serbian Drug Gang with Friends in the Shadows

Summary The job of journalists can be dangerous sometimes: reporters may have to deal with criminals that can seriously harm them. It is the objective of several investigative consortia to deal with the burning issues and unreported networks such as Group America, a largely unknown criminal gang involved in corruption, organized crime and drug smuggling.Continua a leggere “Group America: Investigation a US-Serbian Drug Gang with Friends in the Shadows”

Boosting Relevance and Revenue Through Listening

Summary The relationship between the newsrooms and the public should be potentially much more consistent, close and open. One the one hand, the newsrooms must learn to listen more and better to what the public is asking for while on the other hand, the public should be more engaged in a new virtual community. BothContinua a leggere “Boosting Relevance and Revenue Through Listening”

Telling the whole Story: Covering Climate Change with Solutions Journalism

Summary One can always learn something about great natural disasters and catastrophes: in the field of new, innovative and original journalistic solutions, the projects of Julia Migne and Priti Salian go in this direction and are aimed particularly to report issues starting from the difficult and dire climatic situations on the Earth to concrete, alternativeContinua a leggere “Telling the whole Story: Covering Climate Change with Solutions Journalism”

Digital Activism in Times of Pandemic, Disinformation, and Post-Truth

Summary Covid-19 pandemic won’t end soon, but the opportunity of a global connection and digitalization’s enlargement can foster the public debate on crucial political issues. Virtually connected with a worldwide sample-public, panelists addressed digital activism’s new opportunities as well as global concerns and challenges due to the worrying rise of disinformation, censorship, and authoritarian regimesContinua a leggere “Digital Activism in Times of Pandemic, Disinformation, and Post-Truth”

Politics and Media Freedom in Hungary

Summary The decline of media freedom in Hungary is worrying: Journalists are financially struggling, political pressure is high, and free media are increasingly suppressed. Between paywall and unbiased content creation, the panelist talked about the media future in Hungary, as well as the recently soared government’s repression on independent reporting and the audience’s polarization. ReportContinua a leggere “Politics and Media Freedom in Hungary”