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15 July 2019
Technology companies were hoped and expected to liberate the world and give journalism a platform to operate freely. But in Pakistan, they have become a policing tool. The behavior of the tech giants, increasingly caving in to government’s demands, and low internet penetration rates, particularly affecting vulnerable groups, lead to an environment that hardly enables journalists to do their job, according to a new report about technology, public sphere and journalism in Pakistan, released today by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) and Media Matters for Democracy, a policy research and advocacy think tank in Pakistan.

 
15 June 2019
Kazakhs are not used to pay for news and that partly explains why attempts by Kazakh media to monetize their audiences are ill-starred. But lavish government spending in the media also plays a big role, badly distorting the market and discouraging new business models.
“Media in Kazakhstan is an overwhelmingly dysfunctional market in which the Government plays a disproportionately big role by allocating hefty amounts of budget money to a slew of media companies,” wrote Adil Nussipov, author of Funding Journalism, a report released jointly by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) and Accountability Initiative for Reform (AIR), an NGO in Kazakhstan.
15 May 2019
A new generation of brash journalism outlets challenge the highly concentrated media system in Romania. But many of them remain highly vulnerable, according to Funding Journalism: Romania, the most comprehensive analysis of the country’s media in decades, released today by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), a Budapest-headquartered global research outfit.
20 March 2019
Indian media is grappling with many problems, but the country’s regulators fail to address them. Blame it on politics.  A new report released today jointly by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) and Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) analyzes the impact of government policies and regulations on Indian media.
 
A vibrant civil society, improved legislation and an emergent generation of skilled professionals are all good news for Georgia’s media policy. But politicians and wealthy families still have the upper hand, according to a new Center for Media, Data & Society (CMDS) report.
 
Decision-making in the Bulgarian media regulation and policy is a highly politicized process dominated by a few groups of businessmen associated with political parties. Political control of media regulation has a negative impact on independent journalism in the country, according to a new report released in November 2018 by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), a global think tank based in Budapest. The report shows that Boyko Borisov, the country’s Prime Minister, has a massive influence in media affairs, not unusual in the region.
A balanced report about how media policy works in Russia is now out. Its author is an investigative journalist who analyzed the power dynamic in Russia's media policy. Vladimir Putin, Russia's president is a key player in the country's media policy. But there are many other actors who heavily influence the process, according to the report, which was issued by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), an international research hub based in Budapest.
A new report in the Media Influence Matrix was released by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS). The first in a series of three studies about politics, journalism and technology, Czech Republic: Funding Journalism is mapping the key funders of news media and journalism in the Czech Republic.
During the past decade, the Czech media market has undergone major shifts that have radically changed the country’s journalism. Much of that was caused by technology. But changes in the country’s media ownership played an equally big role.
Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) released a new report mapping the key players in the Bulgarian information technology market and their relations with government and media outlets: With its rapidly expanding ICT sector, Bulgaria has been called “the tech capital of Balkans” and “the Silicon Valley of Southeastern Europe.” Including approximately 10,000 companies, the revenues of the local Information and Communications Technology (ICT) market reached US$ 1bn in 2016; and the industry keeps growing: its value was estimated at US$ 1.4bn in 2017, according to the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASSCOM).
A new report from the Budapest-based CEU report maps the key infuencers in the Slovak media: The regulation of media in Slovakia is a heavily politicized process. All of the regulators covering media are in theory autonomous institutions, but in practice they take orders from the politicians in power as the state has the biggest say in appointing and dismissing their boards. The sole authority directly in charge of media regulation is the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (RVR), a body created in the early 1990s to watchdog the broadcast industry. However, their regulatory role is decreasing as licensing of broadcasters, due to digital developments, has become a formality.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, an erstwhile democratizer who “played a prominent supporting role in killing communism in Europe,” is now the man responsible for leading democracy to the gallows in Hungary. Once widely considered to be an exemplar of post-Soviet democratic success, Hungary is now leading the pack of “illiberal democracies,” and Orbán is the prophet of this new authoritarianism.