Médiatudományi Intézet

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Comparative Media Regulation Research

The core activity of the Institute is the thematic analysis of the media regulation of the European states and the related current media law issues. Currently in the framework of this activity the Institute prepares background analysis assisting the interpretation of the specific provisions of the new media laws (i.e. the Press Freedom Act and the Media Act), in an effort to publish the results of these analyses in the form of comparative legal papers.

Press and Media History Research

The press and media history project was initiated in order to examine the Hungarian and international media landscape from historian and legal historian point of view. Currently the project involves two researches: one examines the history of freedom of the press and the press and media regulations in Hungary between 1914 and 1989, whereas the other focuses on the history of media regulation in Hungary between 1989 and 2010.

Media Research in the Carpathian Basin

The research aims to examine the media outlets and media consumption of the four regions of the Carpathian Basin where large Hungarian communities are living outside the mother country (Transylvania, Upper Hungary, Lower Hungary, Sub-Carpathian region).

The first phase of the research which surveyed the media outlets providing services in Hungarian in four ethnic regions abroad was closed by the Institute of Applied Communication Sciences in 2010. As a result, a media register and database were created regarding these cross-border regions which provide information about the operational conditions of the media outlets of these regions.

In the second phase of the research the Institute, through an empirical research using a representative sample, examines the media consumption of ethnic Hungarians living abroad, as well as the impact of this media consumption on the identity of the affected communities, and also the media usage and media consumption habits of these communities. This phase of the research is performed by the Institute together with the Office of the Parliament.