On 12 June 2019 a conference volume was organised by EKINT and TÁRKI on the issue of governmental manipulation and generating moral panic. The first panel of the conference has consisted of three presentations by well-known academics. Endre Sik, famous sociologist held a seminar on operation and effects of so-called ‘moral panic button’, while sociologist Vera Messing gave a lecture on her comprehensive study on social attitudes to migrants. Then, Ágnes Urbán, media expert, economist, leader of Mertek Media Monitor gave a presentation on mechanisms of governmental propaganda media and its social effect. As the second part of the conference a panel discussion was held where Márton Gergely, lead editor of Hungary's largest current affairs weekly HVG, sociologist Márton Gerő, Zoltán Fleck and László Majtényi took stock of the available legal, civil society and communication tools against manipulation, moral panic and propaganda. This event was streamed live and a digital summary publication was also prepared based on high quality videos which were recorded by one of our supporters.
László Majtényi’s essay in Élet és Irodalom on 2 Februar 2018.