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By Anna Litvinenko
In this podcast, we talk to experts about post-communist societies and the role of digitalization in political communication in these countries. The podcast is produced by students of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.
Michał Głowacki on Political Communication in Poland
How important are different types of media for political communication in Poland? Is the word "propaganda" approriate to describe the content of pro-goverment public media in the country? In this  episode, Wiktoria Kocent and Konrad Kuleta talk to Prof. Dr. Michał Głowacki, media scientist from the University of Warsaw, about different aspects of political communication in today's Poland. Prof. Dr. Michał Głowacki is editor-in-chief of the Central European Journal of Communication and a board member of the Polish Society for Social Communication. His academic work focusses on media policy, public media, media accountability and the culture of innovation. 
February 02, 2022
Aliaksandr Herasimenka on Digital Activism in Belarus
In 2020, major protests erupted in Belarus after the presidential election. However, they were violently supressed by the government and since then the authoritarian regime in the country has become even more restrictive. Social media played a crucial role in these protests. How exactly did they help organize the protest despite of the Internet shutdown in the country? Do social media still have a democratizing effect on the society? What is the situation in Belarus now, in the beginning of 2022, and what are the perspectives for the digital activism country? Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the Oxford Internet Institute talks among other things about the role Telegram played for protesters and about the power of social media that can challenge authoritarian regimes. The episode is hosted by Michelle Laschinski, Lucia Cecilia Magro and Antonia Vollbrecht.
February 02, 2022
Jan Motal on the changing media landscape of the Czech Republic
The media landscape in the Czech Republic has undergone a major shift in the last decade and the changes are still ongoing. A new government after the election in 2021, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are some of many factors to take into consideration when talking about today’s Czech media. In this episode, Ruolin Wu and Truls Hovelstuen talk to Dr. Jan Motal, associate professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Masaryk University, about the latest developments on the media landscape of the Czech Republic.
February 02, 2022
Claudia-Yvette Matthes on media freedom in Hungary
Is there a spark of hope for Hungary’s media freedom on the horizon? In this episode, Lisa Barsig and Christina Bayer talk to Dr. Claudia-Yvette Matthes about the current state of media system and political communication in the country as well as about a possible window of opportunity for freedom of speech in the wake of the parliamentary elections in April 2022. Dr. Claudia-Yvette Matthes is Director of International MA Programmes at the Chair of Comparative Democracy and Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Humboldt University of Berlin.
February 02, 2022
Angelo Haruni on Albanian journalism
How do social media affect journalism in Albania? Are the consequences of the country’s communist past still tangible today? Do journalists experience (self)-censorship and how do they deal with it? Angelo Haruni, TV journalist and reporter for the Albanian news network A2CNN, talks with Kyara Durlinger and Jill Schoeters about Albanian media landscape and its perspectives in comparison with the other Balkan countries.
February 02, 2022
Journalist Marian Männi on Estonian media and country's way to democracy
How did Estonia as a post-Soviet country manage to become a rolemodel in democratization and digitalization? What’s behind the facade and is everything as perfect as it seems? In this episode of EASTCAST we talk to Marian Männi, an Estonian investigative reporter, science and data journalist and - as her Twitter says - an “avid supporter of human rights”. In 2017, she won Bonnier Award, Estonia’s top journalism prize. Together we find out how social media influences Estonian journalism, what problems the media industry is facing today and how the traditional press deals with digitalization. Spoiler alert: all that glitters is not gold.
January 28, 2022