About the authors

The role of the media in Central Europe and in Europe

Alison Harcourt is Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI Robert Schuman Centre. Co-director of the EC 5th Framework project Governance, Enlargement and the Media (GEMI). Coordinator of the EUI Working Group on Media Law and Policy. Recent author of ”The regulation of media markets in EU first-wave accession states in Central and Eastern Europe” European Law Journal (8)2 and (2002) ‘Engineering Europeanisation: the role of the European institutions in shaping national broadcasting regulation’ Journal of European Public Policy 9(4). alison.harcourt@IUE.it

John Horgan is professor at Dublin City University, Co-director of the GEMI project. Formerly a member of the Dail Eireann and the European Parliament (vice-chairman, parliamentary committee on industry and employment). Active as a free-lance journalist, usually on Irish current affairs, for all major Irish print and electronic media, and foreign publications including the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, The Guardian (London), Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris). Currently an editorial consultant to the Sunday Tribune (Dublin).

Christoph Meyer is a Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany, Coordination of GOVECOR project. Author of the following publications: ‘Kontrolle durch Europäische Öffentlichkeit: Die Europäische Kommission, die Medien und politische Verantwortlichkeit’ (Berlin: Vistas), 2002; ‘Towards a European Public Sphere? Transnational Investigative Journalism and the European Commission’s resignation’ ECSA paper, 2001; ‘Reforming the European Commission’s public communication in a changing media environment‘. 2000 UACES; ‘Political Legitimacy and the Invisibility of Politics: Exploring the European Union’s Communication Deficit’. Journal of Common Market Studies, 1998. Speaker in the session ‘Exploring the European Union’s Communications Deficit’.  christoph.meyer@uni-koeln.de

István Hegedűs is a Hungarian lecturer at Budapest International Managements Semester of École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) and at János Kodolányi College University, Department of Communication, Székesfehérvár. He is Chairman of the Hungarian Europe Society and Author of ‘Premature European Identity and Europessimism in the Hungarian Media’ (Central European Political Science Review), former member of the Advisory Ownership Board of the Hungarian News Agency (MTI), 1997-2001 and former visiting scholar at Columbia University, in 1998.

Gergely Hideg is a Hungarian sociologist, Senior Vice-President of Gallup International, Gallup Hungary of Gallup Organisation, Hungary, Budapest.

Laura Simionescu is a PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest, Románia. Co-director of the study ”Europe in the East European media” funded by the Romanian Academic Society and the Open Society Institute.

Sandra Basič Hrvatin is professor at the Department of Social and Political Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Chairperson of the Slovene Broadcasting Council. Author of ‘Media Policy in Slovenia in the 1990s: Regulation, privatisation, concentration and commercialization of the media’, Sandra B. Hrvatin and Marko Milosavljevic (2001); ‘Serving the State or the Public: the Outlook for Public Service Broadcasting in Slovenia’, Sandra B. Hrvatin  (2002) and co-author of ‘Where are the borders of media capitalism in Slovenia?’ (1999) 6 Javnost.

Marju Lauristin is from Estonia. Professor of political communication at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Teaching courses on media theory, political communication and communication strategy. Research topic: media and transformation of society. Editor and author of “Return to the Western World: Political and Cultural perspectives on Estonian Post-Communist transition” (1997). Co-author of the book “Baltic Media in Transition” (2002). Member of the  Estonian Broadcasting Council.

Hagi Shein is dean of the Media School at Concordia International University Estonia since 1997. Director General of Estonian Television during 1992-1997. Has worked on Estonian TV during 30 years as sociologist, editor, journalist, commentator, and film director. Has taught TV courses in different Estonian universities. Has published over 40 articles on television sociology, journalism, and media policy, his recent book is “The Landscape of Estonian Television 1991-2001. Research Papers. Discussions. Databases”. (ISBN 9985566432, Tartu University Press 2002). Head of the Estonian Media Educators Union and member of the Broadcasting Council of Estonian Public Television and Radio. Current research concerns development of the broadcasting and media policies in Baltic States.

Karol Jakubowicz is a Polish Political scientist and media expert. He is expert of the National Broadcasting Council of Poland, the broadcasting regulatory authority. Former Vice-President, Television, Polish Radio and Television, and Chairman, Supervisory Board, Polish Television. Representative to the Council of Europe for many years, in part as former Chairman of the Committee of Experts on Media Concentrations and Pluralism, and now as Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee on Mass Media. Authored reports of the National Broadcasting Council on policy measures required to introduce the Information Society in Poland and on the development of digital television in Poland. Written extensively on the media in Poland and Eastern Europe.

Mario Oetheimer is Pogramme coordinator at the Media Division of the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe since 1997, he co-ordinates co-operation activities focusing on media freedom which are organised mainly in Central and Eastern Europe. Author of L’harmonisation de la liberté d’expression en Europe. Contribution à l’étude de l’article 10 de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme et de son application en Autriche et au Royaume-Uni, Pédone, Paris 2001.

Zsolt Boda is research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as well as part-time fellow at the Business Ethics Centre of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. He is also active in the environmental movement and has worked as an expert for environmental NGOs. He has co-edited two books in Hungarian, one on corporate ethics and another on political theory. He has also published several papers in academic journals and books on trade and environmental issues, the fair trade problematic, the politics of global environmentalism, and politics on the Web. boda@mtapti.hu

Balázs Kiss is deputy director at the Institute of Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest. His main field is political communication, politics on the Net first of all. His recent summary of the Hungarian media landscape is to be published by Sage in the Euromedia Handbook. h8101kis@helka.iif.hu

Kata Berta graduated as political scientist at the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest. She wrote her thesis on party web sites. She participates in a research project on political communication in the Internet, where she focuses on online and mixed media in Hungary. Now she works at Origo, one of the most renowned Internet mediums in Hungary. berta@mtapti.hu

Ashok Kumar Upadhyay is an Indian professor of political philosophy. Actually he is a visiting scholar at Institute for Political Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest by Indo-Hungarian Cultural Exchange Programme. He is working on the questions relating to Multiculturalism and Democratic Governance. In India he is an Associate Professor of Political Science at S.M.M.Town Postgraduate College, Ballia. He has published many research articles in different academic journals on the themes such as Rawlsian Social Order, Rawls’ Two Principles of Justice, and Issues before Democratic Governance. He wrote a book on Rawls Concept of Justice (1999).ashok@mtapti.hu ashokb5@rediffmail.com

Tibor Szabó is a Hungarian professor of political philosophy at the University of Szeged and senior researcher at the Institute for Political Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. He wrote different books about the Italian political science, about A. Gramsci and the philosophy of the renaissance age. He is working on the current Italian party system and on the radical movements. szabo@jgytf.u-szeged.hu

Endre Domokos is a Hungarian historian and political scientist. He finished his study at the University of Eötvös Lóránd of Budapest in 2003. Currently hi is working about the electoral studies. dandd@chello.hu