Mancevski: The Government wants an independent MRT and professional regulatory bodies

Skopje, 11 May, 2018 - 18:48 (META) 

The Government is committed to creating a space for the media for impartial and objective information for the citizens. Our goal is for Macedonia Radio & Television (MRT) to be a completely impartial and independent media outlet, and the regulatory bodies to be transparent, professional and competent. It is especially important that the regulatory bodies and the national broadcaster are not senior party officials, former MPs, mayoral candidates or relatives of party officials, as it is at present. Regulatory bodies and MRT should be left to media professionals, said Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Mancevski.

He addressed the final panel of the Fifth South East Europe Media Conference, which was held in Struga and organized by the Office of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, with the support of the OSCE field operations in Southeast Europe.

Mancevski referred to the amendments to the AVMU (Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services) Law, which he says gives the opportunity for politicians to withdraw from the media and called on the opposition to provide ‘cleansing’ of party political influence.

Mancevski gave an outline of the current position on digitization and freedom of speech, as well as the global issue regarding “false news”. He said that the international community should no longer be allowed to correct things, but the media should be left to professionals.