Media Issues


This compilation features books of the Central European University Press, published since its establishment in 1993, that have some relevance to the media, with special regard to the post-communist region. After the latest release, titles in the backlist are arranged by content: contemporary topics are on top, older themes below. For more substantial information about the content and availability, please click on the covers of the book, or on the links inserted into the citations.

“In 1925 Mussolini issued a circular, advising newspapers and magazines to reduce the coverage of crime, suicides, abuse of children, floods and other natural disasters, and anything else which might create unease and depress the public spirit.”—from the book on modern non-democracies.
“In the GDR and Yugoslavia, authorities used a system of postpublication censorship: if there was something wrong with an issue of a newspaper, for example, the issue would be confiscated and would have to be reprinted without the offending article.”
“Dismantling the free media ‘piece by piece,’ Orbán’s government established absolute control over all public media, dismissed journalists, introduced punitive fines for infractions of the new media law, revoked licenses, and denied radio frequencies to potentially maverick stations.”
“Trump told the assembled representatives of the press that, as president, he would rewrite the libel laws so that people can ‘sue you like you’d never been sued before.’”

“Journalists who had worked in the legal media during the communist period had to learn to tell the story directly rather than ‘hiding’ critical information and analyses ‘between the lines’ of complicated writing.”—from a book on current values in Poland.
“Within a year of the election, the Law and Justice government transformed the public media model for radio and television back into channels which, even more openly than in the last decades of communism, parrot the rulers’ lines.”
“In 2015, the parliamentary majority passed a new broadcast law giving the government greater control of the public broadcast media so that it would reflect ‘Polish patriotism’ and other government positions.”
“Assuming that only half of the regular listeners of Radio Maryja are susceptible to political mobilization—a rather conservative estimate—this would still comprise nearly 700,000 people ready to respond to radio director Fr Rydzyk’s call to action.”

Books from the backlist, focusing on the media:

More titles from the backlist, contemporary topics on top, older themes below:

“In contrast to many Western countries where a cordon sanitaire has been developed by the media or political actors as a reaction to the rise of the extreme right-wing populism, this has not happened in Poland” – from a collection of essays on current Polish politics.
“Radio Maryja had previously been treated with significant reserve and criticized for pro-Russian sympathies and anti-Semitism. But in 2005, Jarosław Kaczyński claimed that he had been mistaken in warning against it.”
“The state takeover of ‘public’ broadcasting has entailed a wholesale purge of personnel. As for the news, there has been a pure ‘Breitbart-isation’.”
“Gazeta Wyborcza has come under steady attack from the government. All government offices and state-dominated firms are forbidden to advertise in the paper; private firms hoping for government contracts have been warned that their practices in this regard will be watched.”

“Alarmed by the scale of the trafficking, Western media and cinema have taken a proactive position to raise awareness and fight this modern slavery. Its perilous involvement is being critically addressed here.” – from a book on film and media representations of human trafficking in the Balkans.
“In this book, I describe, analyze, and categorize Western and East European feature films and media materials, as I point out certain narrative and cinematic flaws triggered by various economic, cultural, and production reasons. I investigate the accuracy with which they depict trafficking as well as their artistic qualities.”
“While production and text matter, audiences’ religious and gender identities (just to name these two) shape their responses to media products and influence the creation of meaning.”

“What really emerged is similar to an ‘atavistic’ media system that is ‘colonized’ by political parties—a phenomenon common for many post-communist societies.”
Assessing the international media assistance in the Balkans.
“International media assistance to the Western Balkan countries failed to reduce the overreliance of local media on potentially compromising subsidies.”
“Institutions that were reformed more radically and rapidly due to external assistance witnessed a fiercer backlash once they were integrated into the local legal and institutional context.”
“A successful element is the integration of local media supervisory authorities into European networks of peer institutions.”

“The emerging system of late modern politics in developed countries can be described with the term mediatized populist democracy.”
From a monograph on the “collective speculation on the popular,” the guiding force of today’s politics.
“Common language has grasped mass media as the fourth estate. The neopopular media interpreters—PR agents, bloggers, journalists, marketers, pollsters, consultants, scholars, everymen—make part of the fifth estate and will be one of the core concepts to grasp collective speculation in mediatized democracy.”
Zygmunt Bauman: “Csigó sets the commonsensical idea of the mediatization of contemporary politics in an entirely new perspective.”

  • The search of national identity in Belarus, analyzing the position of the media in this peculiar process;
  • The responsibility of mass communication in the treatment of the turbulent events in Ukrainian history during the Second World War;
  • The reflection of the former regimes in media, cinema, official and popular culture in the countries of east Europe;
  • The relationship between nationalism and the globalized media on the example of Georgia and the Basque country (or rather Sakartvelo and Euskadi);
  • On the role that the media played in the controversial case of the anti-Semitism of an orthodox bishop;
  • The impact of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty on east Europe, and counter-measures of the communist regimes;
  • How – with the help of the media – Tito’s  birthplace was turned into a tourist destination in an innovative volume on the study of tourism in a totalitarian state.