Rutgers University hosts symposium on Hungarian archival and media policy

On April 20th, 2011 at 4:00PM, the Scholarly and Professional Activities Committee of Rutgers University Libraries and the Institute for Hungarian Studies will be sponsoring a symposium entitled: “Hungarian Media and Archives Policies Today: Big Controversies in a Small Country.” The symposium will begin with an introduction by Jim Niessen, director of the Institute for Hungarian Studies, and will include 20 minute presentations by Christopher Adam (Carleton University) on the Hungarian government’s archival proposal and Tibor Purger (Rutgers University libraries) on the country’s new media laws.

Attila Pók, the director of the Historical Institute at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, will provide on 10 minute commentary on Christopher Adam’s presentation, while John V. Pavlik, the Chair of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers will comment on Hungary’s media laws. Daniel Kelemen, the director of the Center for European Studies will speak on EU policy concerning media and archival legislation.

The symposium begins at 4:00PM in the Alexander Library’s Teleconference Lecture Hall. All are invited to attend and the organizers will provide refreshments after the presentations.

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2 responses to “Rutgers University hosts symposium on Hungarian archival and media policy

  1. Dr. Diane Dobry

    I am sorry to have missed this presentation. Seven years ago I did a field study in Hungary that looked at Hungarian families and television. As part of that research, I interviewed a gentleman who was involved in the creation of the media laws in 1994. I understand that now some of the media laws are changing.

  2. SomeGuy

    Hey Diane, there was no media law in 1994 so you definitely got that part wrong. The previous laws governing the media were the 1987 law about the press passed in the Communist era and there was another media law passed in 1997 by the post communists, MSZ(M)P, who created their party out of the communist MSZMP party at one of the communist party congresses. In any case it is highly probable that the person you talked to was either a communist or a former communist.

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