THE QUESTION

How free are journalists in your country? Even where there isn't outright censorship, how much self-censorship goes on? How can journalists work together to protect each other and our common goal of open communications?
Posted by David Ignatius on September 25, 2006 5:38 PM

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Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Death and Sex Control Media

Budapest, Hungary - Catastrophes, death, sex, private life and stardom control the Hungarian press and media. Readers may be interested in the truth, but editors and publishers are not.

Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 16 COMMENTS
Sep 28, 2006 at 12:45 PM
Masha Lipman is the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center. Lipman is also an expert in the Civil Society Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. She served as deputy editor of the Russian weekly newsmagazines, Ezhenedel’ny zhurnal from 2001 to 2003, and of Itogi magazine from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a translator, researcher, and contributor forMoscow bureau of The Washington Post and has had a monthly op-ed column in The Washington Post since 2001.

The Alliance of TV Moguls and Kremlin Elite

Masha Lipman Moscow, Russia | 5 COMMENTS
Michael Young is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for Lebanon’s The Daily Star newspaper. He is also a contributing editor and contributor at Reason magazine, where he writes bi-weely articles.

In Praise of Lebanon's Cacophony

Michael Young Beirut, Lebanon | 0 COMMENTS
William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: Africaʼs Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

Ownership Concentration Threatens South African Press

William M. Gumede South Africa | 0 COMMENTS
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