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Investigative journalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Autonomy, Business Models, and Democratic Roles
University of Oxford. (Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2013 (English)In: The International Journal of Press/Politics, ISSN 1940-1612, E-ISSN 1940-1620, Vol. 18, no 4, 413-435 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a comparative overview of investigative journalism in eight countries in the Central and Eastern European region (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). The purpose is both descriptive and analytical. Descriptively, the article charts the presence and provision of investigative journalism across the region and inventories and assesses the various funding forms that exist against the background of the recent (2008-09) financial crisis. Analytically, the article focuses on assessing the relative autonomy (defined as autonomy from external actors) and effects (defined as the removal from office and sentencing of political actors revealed to be engaged in legal and moral transgressions, commonly various forms of corruption). The article finds investigative journalism across the region in general to be weak in terms of autonomy and effects, but stronger in countries that have had more stable and richer media markets (notably Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic). The article further finds that alternative news sources online in some countries (notably Romania and Bulgaria) play an important role as providers of investigative journalism.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 4, 413-435 p.
Keyword [en]
Investigative journalism, Central and Eastern Europe, comparative analysis, funding journalism, journalism and democracy
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27499DOI: 10.1177/1940161213495921ISI: 000325646600003OAI: diva2:624870
Available from: 2013-06-03 Created: 2013-06-03 Last updated: 2016-01-26Bibliographically approved

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