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Friday, September 17 • 14:00 - 15:00
Discussion: Media capture in Central Europe - Strategies for independent media

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Independent journalism in Central Europe is increasingly under threat, challenged in particular by the domino effect of the "Hungarian model" of media capture and the failure of democratic Europe to stand in its way. How can we create a countermovement to protect independent journalism here, and wherever journalism is threatened?

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Beata Balogova

Editor-in-Chief, SME
Beata Balogová is the editor-in-chief of SME, a major independent daily and news site in Slovakia. Prior to joining SME, between 2003 and 2014, Beata served as editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator. Beata also serves as vice chair of the executive... Read More →

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Boryana Dzhambazova

Journalist, Freelance
Boryana is a freelance journalist, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has been reporting on a wide range of topics - from economic and political developments to social affairs and human rights issues. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, and Politico Europe, among... Read More →
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Marius Dragomir

Director, Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), CEU Democracy Institute
Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University in Vienna. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London... Read More →
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Márton Gergely

Editor-in-Chief, HVG, Hungary
Márton Gergely is editor in chief of Hungary's largest current affairs weekly HVG. Gergely reads History and Journalism in Budapest and Hamburg. He was a contributor of the Hungarian weekly Magyar Narancs, and after an internship became a correspondent for the Berlin daily taz, die... Read More →
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Paweł Ławiński

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Onet
Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Onet, overseeing politics, investigative reporting and video reporting. Over 30 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and internet legacy news outlets.

Friday September 17, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Vienna City Hall (Rathaus)