media freedom
[CONFERENCE] Media consumption patterns and media landscapes in illiberal regimes

online conference organized by 21 Research Center & Projekt Polska

In the past years, illiberal political regimes emerged in Poland and Hungary. One of the victims to these regimes are media. Freedom and independence of media in those countries are now under pressure from various angles, such as legal regulations and outright political pressure.

There were more studies focusing on the national media and the whole society in Hungary and Poland. However, the joint research of Project: Polska (PL) and 21 Research Centre (HU) is focused on small, rural media outlets and rural society in general. It provides an up-to-date snapshot of the rural media landscape in Poland and Hungary and an insight into the experiences of the rural society in connection to the topic of freedom and independence of the media and the press. The methodology was qualitative, using focus groups and interviews to gather insights and to be able to see a more complex picture of the situation of the rural media.

On November 30th, 2022, the 21 Research Centre and Projekt: Polska with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation organizes an online conference in order to present the research results. The conference will be held in English.


18:00-18:35 Block 1

18:00-18:15 Opening speeches

  • Miłosz Hodun (Projekt: Polska)
  • Dániel Róna (21 Research Center)

18:15-18:35 Research summary

  • Poland: Krzysztof Maczka (Projekt: Polska)
  • Hungary: Ábel Bojár (Head of Research at 21 Research Center)

18:35-18:40 Break


18:40-19:30 Block 2

18:40-19:20 Expert round table panel discussion + Q&A

  • Moderator: Gabriella Torzsa (qualitative analyst at 21 Reserach Center)
  • Dr. Magdalena M. Baran (philosopher, managing editor of the monthly magazine Liberté!)
  • Dr. Adam Choryński (sociologist, editor and publisher of local media outlets)
  • Dr. Gábor Polyák (ELTE – Department of Media and Communication)
  • Dr. Petra Jurida (media law expert, HR director – Central Media)

19:20-19:25 Closing panel

  • Quiz results – evaluation and discussion

19:25-19:30 Closing speech


The event does not require registration and can be followed within the Facebook event and via ZOOM.

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