European Commission reacted after the imprisonment of the journalist Tomislav Kezharovski, stressing out that the European Union is closely following the court case with Kezharovski, but doesn’t comment on individual cases.
– Media freedom is extensively covered in the report on the progress of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, highlighting problem areas as Government’s advertising, non-objective media coverage during elections, the role of public service and slander. All of this, apart from the introduction of new media legislation at the end of 2013. Given the level of concern for which alert voices in and outside of the country, as well as the persistent decline of the country in all major relevant rankings for media freedom, it is simply not credible to ignore the identified problems – stated European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijanchik for META.
European Commissioner for accession negotiations Johannes Hahn will visit Macedonia on 19th and 20th of February, confirmed sources from the European Commission for META.