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Are media relations in central and eastern Europe being Berlusconised?

The ideal of business, media and political separation is never fully achieved. But the trend in Central and Eastern Europe seems to be towards a worrying degradation. A podcast conversation with accompanying presentation.
News Media CEE Business Political Pressures

The podcast loosely accompanies the slide show below. Note that in the press freedom indices charted, a higher number is a lower level of press freedom.

About the authors

Dr Václav Štětka is a research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford specialising in media and globalisation.

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at

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Dr Václav Štětka's presentation was given to the Colloquium of Czech and British Journalists hosted by the Prague Institute for International Relations 11 April 2011