The session will explore different ways in which press freedom is threatened and how that translates into innovative media projects in the CEE region. We are going to talk about the polarization and ideologization of the public discourse, the rise of hate speech and the lack of transparency and accountability in media but also about how these struggles fuel new opportunities. The panel will include journalists and media organizations leaders: Hanna Liubakova (rreelance reporter, Belarus), Andras Petho (Direkt36, Hungary), Natalia Antelava (CodaStory, Georgia), Cristian Lupsa (DoR). The discussion will be moderated by Alicja Peszkowska, Outriders Network Director.