Manchevski: Opposition block media laws for four months

Skopje, 12 June, 2018 - 18:01 (META) 

Today at a Government press conference, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Mancevski requested a Parliamentary Commission for Transport, Communications and the Environment, chaired by VMRO-DPMNE, to work continuously on a daily basis, until the substantive debate on the Draft Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services is completed.

He said that the opposition should think about the interest of the citizens, instead of using numerous amendments in its fight to keep its own personnel in the Council of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAVMU) and in the Program Council for Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT).

“We are not against a debate regarding the amendments, but it must finish at a reasonable time. MPs from VMRO-DPMNE are against a public debate, namely, a public presentation of candidates for members of the MRT Program Council and the Council of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services”, said Manchevski.

According to Manchevski, the opposition has been endlessly debating for four months, whose clear goal is delaying the law being passed. In doing so, says the minister, VMRO-DPMNE has submitted contradictory amendments.

He says the government will not give up its intentions to eliminate political influence from the media and that we should leave the media to work freely.