Evening Discussion: Populism and Media in Central Europe

Monday, 17:30 – 19:15, Conference Hall

Chair: Václav Štětka (Loughborough University)


Václav Štětka (Loughborough University)

Václav received his PhD in sociology from Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, where he then worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Studies. Between 2009 and 2013 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, working on an ERC-funded project Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Václav moved to Prague in 2013, having been appointed a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Charles University. In 2016 he joined the Department of Social Studies, Loughborough University, becoming Lecturer and member of the new Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. His research interests encompass political communication and the role of new media, media systems in Central and Eastern Europe, media ownership and globalization.


Anna Frenyó (Freelance journalist, Hungary-Germany)

Anna Frenyó received a master´s degree in English and German Literature and Linguistics in Budapest and in Cultural Journalism at the University of Arts in Berlin in 2012. Since then she has been working as a freelance journalist in Berlin, Budapest and Paris for several main radio and TV networks (Deutschlandfunk, Deutsche Welle, The Atlantic Times, RBB Kulturradio, SWR, Tagesspiegel). She´s working on topics such as culture and politics in Hungary and Germany, diversity in media, refugees and migration or religion and society.


Ricardo Guttiérez (European Federation of Journalists)

Ricardo Guttiérez is General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest journalists’ organisation in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 43 countries. Former journalist for the Belgian daily newspaper “Le Soir”, he is senior lecturer at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is also member of the Belgian Press Council (CDJ) and the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). He has conducted training for journalists on hate speech, ethical journalism and reporting on ethnicity and religion. In 2014 and 2015, he has been involved in the dialogue between Ukrainian and Russian journalists' organisations, in Vienna, under the auspices of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic.


Ondřej Houska (Hospodářské noviny)

Ondřej Houska holds a Ph.D. in contemporary history from the Charles University in Prague. In 2008-2009 and 2012-2016 he was a correspondent for the Czech Radio (public media) in Brussels, covering financial and economic crisis, Eurozone debt crisis, breakdown in EU-Russia relations, migration crisis and brexit. Since 2016 works for Hospodářské noviny (Economic Daily), where he covers the EU and Europe. In 2011, he published a book on the Czechoslovak-Italian relations from 1922 to 1929.


Wojciech Przybylski (Visegrad Insight)

Wojciech Przybylski is Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight opinion journal and a president of Res Publica Foundation. He graduated in Sociology of Politics from the MISH Kolegium at the University of Warsaw where he has been a research assistant at the Erasmus Chair for Social and Human Sciences where he organized Tischner Debates (2005-2010). He also held research internships in Vienna (Political Academy of OVP) and Prague (French Center for Central European Studies CEFRES). He was the editor-in-chief of Res Publika Nowa (2007-2015) and magazine Eurozine (2015-2016). He has published on the intellectual history of international relations, the theory of liberalism, and the ideas of republicanism. He has contributed to several main media outlets (TVP News, Polsat News, Gazeta Wyborcza, and Polish Times). He specializes in European and Central European politics, Eastern Partnership, National and European Cultural Policy.