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Editorial | Open Access

Journalists’ Associations as Political Instruments in Central and Eastern Europe

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Abstract:  This editorial provides the overall context for the five cases—three national and two international—covered in this thematic issue. While the cases are from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), they highlight fundamental questions of journalism everywhere, including contradictions between freedom and control, professionalism and politics, individual and collective. The associations of journalists serve as very useful platforms to study these questions, especially at historical turning points when the whole political system changed, as happened twice in CEE after World War II.

Keywords:  Central and Eastern Europe; journalism; journalist associations; political control; professionalism



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