Professional journalistic practices in comparative perspective: the view from Central and Eastern Europe

The path to media freedom in almost all countries of the Eastern bloc has been very uneven. Political events and developments of the last few years have added further twists. In Ukraine the media landscape has become more diverse after the 2014 Euromaidan, while Russian and Hungarian journalists are facing new challenges to press freedom.

The workshop will bring together material recently collected in the field, and will dissect and explore the latest developments of how journalistic practices play out in different post-Communist countries and contexts.


Date of the workshop: 7 February 2018, 2-6pm

Venue: Aston University (Birmingham)

2pm: Welcome & coffee/tea

2.30pm: Session 1 (MB246A)

-Ilya Yablokov (University of Leeds) ‘Russian and Hungarian Journalist Communities in Comparative Perspective’

-Taras Fedirko (Cambridge University) ‘Talking Heads: Ukrainian Journalism’s Economy of Unfreedom’

4-4.30: Break

4.30: Session 2 (MB146)

-Natalia Roudakova (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) ‘Losing Pravda: The Press in Post-Truth Russia’

The project is jointly funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust and Aston University’s Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC).

If you have any queries, please, email:

Dr. Ilya Yablokov at
Dr. Elisabeth Schimpfössl at