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Core Partners

Centre for Media, Data and Society (CMDS)

The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a research center at the Central European University (CEU) for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS is part of CEU’s School of Public Policy and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.

Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF)

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) is a research and training centre at the European University Institute (EUI) that aims to develop innovative and relevant lines of research on media freedom and pluralism in Europe and beyond, and to provide knowledge support to the international, European and national policy and rulemaking processes. It is directed by Pier Luigi Parcu and co-financed by the European Union.

European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 72 journalists’ organisations across 45 countries. Created in 1994, the EFJ fights for social and professional rights of journalists working in all sectors of the media across Europe through strong trade unions and associations. It promotes and defends the rights to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European convention on human rights. The EFJ has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

Created in 1995, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) is a forum for informal discussion and exchange of views between regulatory authorities in the broadcasting field in Europe. With its 20 years of experience and a robust network of working-level contacts, EPRA is the oldest and largest network of broadcasting regulators and is an ideal setting for the exchange of information, cases and best practices between broadcasting regulators in Europe. 53 regulatory authorities from 47 countries are members of EPRA. The European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Audiovisual Observatory and the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media are standing Observers of the Platform.

Res Publica Foundation

Res Publica Foundation is a media think tank with a focus on civil society, innovation and security in Central and Eastern Europe. Located in Warsaw, Res Publica‘s flagship Polish language publication is Res Publica Nowa, a journal of ideas on culture and politics published since 1979. Res Publica Foundation also has two other related programs, including Visegrad Insight, the main platform of debate and analysis on Central Europe that generates future policy directions for Europe from the region; and  New Europe 100, a network of innovators from Central and Eastern Europe.


Other Partners

The Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C)

Established in 2018 with an award from Loughborough University’s Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C) applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. O3C enables interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD researchers to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and intolerance online. It develops evidence-based knowledge to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. At the same time, it identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media. Led by Professor Andrew Chadwick, it features academic staff and PhD researchers drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology, and sociology.

Reframing Russia: From Cold War to “Information War”?

Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: From Cold War to “Information War”? is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration between The University of Manchester and The Open University. The research project analyses the post-Cold War global media environment through an in-depth study of RT (Russia Today), its contexts and its impacts. The project is led Stephen Hutchings  (Principal Investigator), Vera Tolz (Co-investigator), Marie Gillespie (Co-I) and Alistair Willis (Co-I).