For World Press Freedom Day we look at the pressures on independent journalism in two EU countries In this episode of our podcast we talk to two of our Journalist Fellows about the growing pressures facing journalists and independent news media in Poland and Hungary. We look at the threats of authoritarianism, the weaponisation of advertising revenue, and self-censorship. We also look at levels of support for independent media and what can be done within the industry, and on a political level, to defend media freedoms.
Jakub Krupa is a Senior Correspondent at the MLex news agency covering data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and telecom regulation as well as Brexit and online harms.
Peter Erdelyi is the director of business development at independent Hungarian outlet, 444.hu, whose role involves audience growth, diversifying the business model and funding opportunities, and commissioning special content projects.
Our host: Meera Selva is the Deputy Director of the Reuters Institute and the Director of the Journalist Fellowship Programme.
Find a full transcript on our website: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/risj-review/our-podcast-how-press-freedom-threatened-hungary-and-poland