person using both laptop and smartphone
Posted in Smart Views

State Media: Move Fast and Label Things

Dominant thanks to their privileged status and special funding arrangements, state media play a disproportionately high role in shaping narratives, especially in times of crisis,…

Posted in Research

The Debunking Effect: What Problems Fact-Checkers Are Grappling With

In an era when misinformation is spreading like fire, verifying information, and hence the work of fact-checking organizations, have become increasingly important. Yet, they grapple with…

Colored TV screen showing Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
Posted in The Hot Potato

Why Is Iran Shaking up Its Media?

A major reform of Iran’s media is underway as the country’s leadership wants to boost its influence, both at home and abroad. Yet, “the strategy…

Posted in Research Smart Views

Researching Media Development Impact: Puzzling Findings

Spending on media development has increased during the past decade, but there is little evidence, if any, that this support has led to systemic changes…

Viktor Orban during a EU summit.
Posted in Journalism The Big Issue

The Hungarian Media Capture Express: Next Stop, Europe

The Hungarian oligarchy has thus far been focused on controlling media at home. Now, they move on to Europe. As Hungarian elections are fast approaching,…

Posted in Journalism MPM Team

Georgi Staykov Joins MediaPowerMonitor

We are pleased to announce that Georgi Staykov joined the MediaPowerMonitor team as Editorial Lead. Mr. Staykov will be in charge of commissioning articles for…

Posted in Great Reads Public Media Research

The Sorry, Sorry State of State Media

In a study released recently, Marius Dragomir introduces a new tool to assess the editorial independence of the world’s state media and finds that nearly 80% of…

Posted in Digital Rights Social Media The Hot Potato

Internet Freedom in Europe: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Turkey

An increasing number of governments are increasingly turning the screws on internet freedom. Funnily enough, they look at the EU for inspiration. When Judit Varga,…

Posted in Great Reads

When Reporting Facts Lands You in Trouble

A new UNESCO report describes the increasingly captured environment independent journalists work in. With a pandemic ravaging the planet and mad politicians at the helm…

Posted in Journalism The Hot Potato Thinking Journalism

What Happens When Academia and Media Work Together

When journalists team up with university researchers, only good things can come of it. With scale and structure, this type of collaboration can solve many,…