The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) condemns the statement that VMRO-DPMNE’s President, Hristijan Mickoski published where he was describing the journalists and the editors of 1TV including their work in an inappropriate manner. The leader of the opposition party accuses the journalists of this TV station that they were biased and were paid in suspicious ways.

AJM state that the work of the media and the journalists is evaluated by the public and the professional associations and these statements by political leaders only contribute to the decrease of the trust of the general public in the media.

“Mickoski is invading the principle of assumption of innocence as this case is still in an investigative procedure, and according to the announcements in the media, there are no indications of any involvement by the journalists that work for this TV station, stresses the AJM’s announcement.

The Association of Journalists appeals once again to the Macedonian politicians to stop spreading any journalist labeling. Apparently, they inform that the international community will be notified about the current trend of leading black campaigns against journalists on part of the politicians.

The President of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski in his statement that was published on the 13th of August, said that members of the government were present on a regular basis. He also posted a question to former and current journalists at 1TV about the truthfulness regarding the numbers in the television’s books about their monthly salaries.

Either there is something gained from the honey or maybe someone has asked the employees how they make ends meet with a salary in the amount of 12.000 denars, said Mickoski in his post from two days ago.