Media freedom and populism in the context of the rule of law - Central European University, Hungary, 7 March 2019


March 7, 2019, 14.30-18.30

Central European University

Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Popper Room

A global revival of populism can be observed in the recent years. Is the governments' populistic rhetoric in necessary correlation with a backslide in the rule of law? Populism is often coupled with official state propaganda, which entails suppression of media freedom and pluralism. The new media environment offers new tools to manipulate the audience with disinformation, targeted political advertising, and aggressive dissemination techniques. How do these impact the democratic process and the rule of law?

The event is the closing event of the  CEPS Engage Fellowship Programme 2019, a programme which  takes a rule of law approach to the policy domains of Rights, Security and Economics, connects academic, civil society and think tank actors from Central and Eastern European and Western Balkans countries with EU-level policy debates, and is run by CEPS and OSI for Europe (OSIFE).


14.30-14.55 András Bozóki, Professor of Political Science at CEU: keynote speech: Professor of Political Science, CEU. “Beyond Populism: The Politics of Unscrupulousness, Hypocrisy, and Cynicism” 

14.55-15.05 Roberto Cortinovis, Researcher at CEPS Justice and Home Affairs: Introduction of the Engage Fellowship


1. Media freedom; populistic rhetoric and propaganda. 

Moderator: András László Pap, Head of Research Department for the Study of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law. 

·      Miklós Haraszti, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 2004 to 2010, author, professor, and human rights promoter

·      Miklós Sükösd, Associate professor at University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Media, Cognition and Communication. 

·      Benjamin De Cleen, Assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Communication Studies Department, CMDS

·      Péter Bajomi-Lázár, Associate professor of media and communications, Budapest Business School.

·      Judit Bayer, Associate professor of media law, Budapest Business School

16.35-16.50 Coffee break


2. The rule of law in the EU, in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans 

Moderator: Maria Repko, Deputy Executive Director at Center for Economic Strategy

·      Petra Bárd, Associate Professor at ELTE Law School, Budapest, CEU.

·      Attila Antal, Associate Professor at ELTE Law School, Budapest: The "Rule of Law" under Autocratic Populism

·      Naim Rashiti, Executive Director, Balkans Policy Research Group 

·      Thaqi Berat, Policy Analyst at The Institute for Advanced Studies GAP

·      Denis Cenusa, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen.