Welcome notes

Pál Fodor Director General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Centre for the Humanities
András Koltay Head of the Media Studies Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

We wish to welcome all our honourable guests to this conference, one of the most monumental media law events organised in the last quarter - century in Hungary. Our guests include the most prominent foreign media law professors and academics, together with young Hungarian jurists. The lecturers at this conference prove the principle of internationality of media law, while the topics of the lectures give witness that the issues of freedom of speech and media law fundamentally affect the substantial and current social questions and the discourse on the future of Europe, including the phenomena of terrorism, the restriction of blasphemy, and the defining the limits of debates on public affairs.

Upon their establishment, the Institute for Media Studies of the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority and the Media Studies Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences committed themselves to carry out these scientific activities, extending beyond the Hungarian context, to produce publications and to organise conferences. We are proud to announce that this event represents a milestone. We wish to keep on harmonising the Hungarian and foreign freedom of speech and media law research projects and promoting the dialogue and cooperation between the researchers of different nations.

We hope you will all enjoy a valuable event!

Pál Fodor and András Koltay