The Council for Ethics in the Media in Macedonia (CEMM) condemned yesterday’s attack on A1on’s news crew and with great concern, they noted that the incident confirmed the biased attempts to threaten the freedom of media and the public’s right to be informed.

The Council said that this was not an isolated incident, and this violent trend is preventing journalists and media workers from doing their job and this continues to be a serious problem.

“Considering the seriousness of the situation, we appeal for an urgent reaction of the police and the Public Prosecution and for taking necessary measures for clearing out the incidents. The non-punishing of the media attacks is not permissible, and the safety of journalists has to be improved and they have to be freed from any kinds of threats and pressures” said the press release issued by the Council for ethics in the media.

They stressed that the state, in accordance with article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, is held responsible for all active measures to create and retain a favorable surrounding for the freedom of expression.