The Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) launches the Hungarian Media Monitor (

15 March 2013

The purpose of the Hungarian Media Monitor is to contribute to and inform the current debates among policymakers, advocacy groups, and journalists over how to safeguard media freedom and pluralism at the domestic, regional, and European-wide levels. Specifically, the aim of this project is to track, document and assess the impacts of Hungary's new media laws on the country's media environment. Through the Monitor, independent experts and scholars will provide policy relevant data, news and analyses relating to changes in media ownership and other market developments by providing ongoing monitoring and analysis of the implementation of the 2010 legislation and its impacts on media ownership and media pluralism in Hungary.

The project includes:

 Research and analyses of key developments and trends related to the impacts of the 2010 media legislation on Hungary's media landscape.

 A media-monitoring blog, which provides English-language updates, summaries and analyses of key events related to the Hungarian media landscape, including regulatory and licensing decisions, changes to media ownership, and market updates.

 A digital archive of materials related to media ownership, regulatory decisions and licensing decisions, market information, English-language summaries of news items, and other relevant materials. The purpose of this collection is to provide a central, open-access resource of materials on Hungary's media landscape.

This project is led by the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University, in partnership with media-monitoring NGO, Standards Media Monitor (Mérték Médiaelemző Műhely–MEM), and investigative reporting and pro-transparency NGO, Átlátszó. It draws together a team of media experts, policy researchers, market analysts, and journalists to monitor and examine more closely the changes to Hungary's media ownership landscape and media market since the 2010 laws were introduced. This project is funded by a grant from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust).

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Contact: Éva Bognár (, (+361) 3273000/2609))