Self-censorship narrated: Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe

  title={Self-censorship narrated: Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe},
  author={Elisabeth Schimpf{\"o}ssl and Ilya Yablokov and Olga Zeveleva and Taras Fedirko and P{\'e}ter Bajomi-L{\'a}z{\'a}r},
  journal={European Journal of Communication},
  pages={11 - 3}
Bringing together empirical studies of former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, this Special Issue explores the relationship between censorship and self-censorship. All the cases under consideration share a history of state-led censorship. Importantly, however, the authors argue that journalism in the former Eastern bloc has developed features similar to those observed in many countries which have never experienced state socialism. This introduction presents the theoretical… 

Self-censorships in Ukraine: Distinguishing between the silences of television journalism

This article builds on biographical interviews with public service broadcasting journalists, who have earlier worked for mainstream private media in Kyiv, Ukraine, to argue that journalists,

The Agency of Journalists in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Ukraine During Yanukovich’s Presidency

On the example of Ukraine during the Yanukovich presidency (2010–2014) this article explores which factors support journalists’ agency in relation to censorship pressure in a competitive

Towards a Bourdieusian sociology of self-censorship: What we can learn from journalists adapting to rapid political change in Crimea after 2014

This article explores self-censorship among journalists by drawing on Bourdieusian field theory and New Censorship Theory. The article analyses the experiences of local Crimean journalists in the

Kontrpropaganda today: The roots of RT’s defensive practices and countering ethic

This article argues that the institutional practices and journalistic ethics on RT, formerly Russia Today, have been influenced by the Soviet kontrpropaganda tradition, a defence mechanism against

Liberalism in fragments: oligarchy and the liberal subject in Ukrainian news journalism

Funding: British Academy (GrantNumber(s): PF20\100094), H2020 European Research Council (GrantNumber(s): 683033).

“I Know Which Devil I Write for”: Two Types of Autonomy Among Czech Journalists Remaining in and Leaving the Prime Minister's Newspapers

This paper examines two different understandings of professional autonomy among journalists currently and formerly working at Mafra, a Czech media house acquired in 2013 by Andrej Babiš, who in 2017

Resilience of national media systems: Baltic media in the global network environment

ABSTRACT This article aims to analyze the resilience of Baltic media systems in the global network environment. Resilience is here defined as media systems’ ability to survive despite the efflux of

A story of (non)compliance, bias, and conspiracies: How Google and Yandex represented Smart Voting during the 2021 parliamentary elections in Russia

While Google continued prioritizing outputs related to the opposition’s web resources, Yandex removed links to them and, in some cases, promoted conspiratorial claims aligning with the Russian authorities’ anti-Western narrative.



Journalism in Central Asia: A Victim of Politics, Economics, and Widespread Self-censorship

Significant efforts to develop an independent journalism have stumbled badly in Central Asia, where politics, economics and the unforeseen consequence of widespread self-censorship have derailed

Old Tricks in a New Era: Self-Censorship in Indonesian Journalism

Abstract Even though Indonesia has entered a new era of democracy and press freedom, self-censorship still exists in the professional practice of many Indonesian newspaper journalists. Indonesia has


Emerging from the work of Foucault and Bourdieu in particular, a powerful theoretical critique of prevailing notions of censorship and its opposite, free speech, emerged in the waning decades of the

Coercion or Conformism? Censorship and Self-Censorship among Russian Media Personalities and Reporters in the 2010s

Federal television is a crucial element of the political system in Putin’s Russia. 88% of the Russian population use television news as their prime source of information, 65% regard the news

Oligarchization, de-Westernization and vulnerability: Media between democracy and authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe

What are the major trends of media change in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)? How do these media transformations relate to economic, political, social and cultural currents in the

Media in Post-Soviet Russia: An Overview

Since the failed coup of August 1991, the media of the former Soviet Union have been attempting to adapt to the conditions of the market economy and emerging democracy, amid continuing political and

Censorship and Silencing

This volume brings together a distinguished and interdisciplinary group of scholars to assess the implications of new postmodern accounts of censorship. Robert Post's introduction provides an

Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation

Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation Robert C. Post, editor. Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1998. ISBN 0-89236-484-X

Two Generations of Contemporary Russian Journalists

This study explores the professional roles of Russian journalists, from the perspective of 30 practitioners working in St Petersburg at the end of the 1990s. The aim is to describe how journalism has

Censorship in Contemporary Russian Journalism in the Age of the War Against Terrorism

The Russian mass media system has experienced tremendous change since the Soviet era. It has been argued that some similarities still exist between the old Soviet system and the new post-Soviet