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Government of North Macedonia gives €488 000 financial aid to 11 print media

Through the Program for the support of print media, the Government of North Macedonia has provided financial aid for some of the media outlets. "The financial aid has been approved to those print media outlets that have met all of the obligations towards the state and the employees for 2019. In accordance with the 2020 state budget, the print media...

Macedonian journalist associations against a law that will allow state advertising in the media

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Macedonian Independent Syndicate of Journalists and Media Workers (MISJM), and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), and the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) voiced their opposition to the possible amendments of Article 102 of the Law for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, that would allow public institutions to advertise...

Prime Minister Zaev: Disinformation spreads hatred and I expect bolder steps from the Association of Journalists

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is expecting bolder steps from the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) in the fight against disinformation and its spread in the media. These not only spread hatred, but also have a detrimental effect on the honor and dignity of individuals and also damage country's interests and wreck or derail its strategies. "From what...

Journalist associations in North Macedonia react against Lidija Dimova

The Independent Labor Syndicate of Journalists and Media Workers (ISSMW), the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) condemned, as they say, the inappropriate statements that were aimed at discrediting and which were followed by lawsuit threats towards the colleagues from the online medium "A1On" by the Director of the National...

The requesters of public information still complain mostly about the silence of the administration

Citizens, journalists, NGOs and all other requesters of public information in North Macedonia still mostly complain to the Agency for Protection of the Right to Free Access to Public Information about the silence of the administration. Even 163 of a total of 222 applications submitted to the Agency during the first six months of 2020 are about the failure...

Macedonian Radio and Marjan Cvetkovski were each fined 2.000 EUR for violation of the election silence

The Basic Criminal Court Skopje has declared Macedonian Radio's First channel, but also the director of Macedonian Radio and Television, Marjan Cvetkovski, guilty for violation of the election silence. The court passed a sentence with fines for JRP MRT 1 in the amount of 1.800 EUR, including 200 EUR fine for Marjan Cvetkovski, who is held responsible, states the...

COVID-19 pushed the media sector reforms out of the agenda in North Macedonia

Media reforms in North Macedonia were very low on the agenda of policy and decision makers in the first quarter of 2020, states the report titled "Monitoring of Media Reform Process and the Work of AVMS and MRT" by the Media Development Center. COVID-19 pushed out the issue of media reforms from the agenda and an exception from this...

OSCE/ODIHR: National broadcasters’ reporting lacked profound and analytical coverage of the election campaign activities

The numerous debates and talk-shows were mainly used by the participants as platforms for mutual personal criticism, note OSCE/ODIHR's observers in their report regarding the monitoring of national broadcasters during the election process in North Macedonia. The preliminary report also states that the newscasts of all national broadcasters monitored by the ODIHR SEAM provided superficial coverage of the campaign activities,...

Macedonian Ministry of Information Society and Administration approves the new systematization for additional 460 job positions at MRT

Last week, the Ministry of Information Society and Administration (MISA) approved the new systematization of job positions at the Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), proposed by MRT's Program Council. The Program Council's Vice President, Vedat Memedalija, said that the new systematization was signed by MISA's State Secretary, Adem Avziu and it plans an increase of new employees in the public...

Vanhoutte: The media reforms are disappointingly scarce

Peter Vanhoutte, the main mediator in the political parties talks during the so-called Przhino Process, which led to the Przhino Agreement, visited Skopje again. In this interview he speaks about one segment of the Przhino Process, namely the media reforms, and gives his appraisal. Are you familiar with the course of the media reforms over the past 3 years and...

Trajcevski: The portals do not need to regulate, but only to register

It is impossible to regulate internet portals, said Zoran Trajcevski, the director of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual media services( AAVMU) on today’s public meeting, on which he presented the activities for the fourth quarter with a focus on media monitoring for the local elections. "It is not about regulation, but mostly about registration and notification. We think that...

MRT’s annual budget to be increased by three million euros

The parliamentary Committee on Transport and Communications today accepted the proposal for re-balancing the budget for Macedonian Radio Television, and as a result, the public broadcaster will receive nearly three million euros on its account for this year. In 2018, MRT was originally meant to receive 700 million denars, and with the budget re-balancing, this amount will increase by 186...

Journalists face pressure even after the shift of power

The government boasted that media workers are freed from political pressure. But, the conduct of some government officials and the journalists’ experience from their everyday work are proof that this is still not true. Threats, pressure, insults, influence – all of these methods are still part of the everyday life in the media sphere, say many journalists from Investigative...

Manchevski: The opposition has been filibustering the media laws for four months

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski, today at a press conference in the Government asked the Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Communications and Environment, chaired by VMRO-DPMNE, to work continuously on a daily basis, until the amendment debate on the Draft Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has ended. He said that the opposition should think about...

VMRO-DPMNE demands NGOs do not give recommendations to AAVMU and MRT council members

The parliamentary Committee on Transport, Communications and Environment held the fourth continuation of the amendment debate on the Bill on Amending the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services today, which is in second reading. VMRO-DPMNE’s fifth amendment was up for discussion, which requires the deletion of the paragraph of the bill that obliges the candidates for members of...

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

The Government is committed to creating space for the media to inform the citizens impartially and objectively. Our goal is MRT to be a completely impartial and independent media outlet, and the regulatory bodies to be transparent, professional and competent. It is especially important the regulatory bodies and the national broadcaster to not have members of senior party officials,...

Popovski: After 10 years, there are finally more critical articles than praiseworthy in the media

After 10 years, there are more critical articles than there are praiseworthy in the world of the media, said Minister without a Portfolio in charge of Communications, Accountability and Transparency, Robert Popovski, at the regular government press conference today. "We celebrate this day in the media, in a democratic, free and European-oriented Republic of Macedonia. For the first time, after...

Experts and journalists target AAVMU bill once again

At today's public debate on the bill on audio and audiovisual media services, organized by the parliamentary Committee on Transport, Communications and Environment, experts, associations of journalists and media workers criticized certain parts in the text, which they say will worsen the conditions. According to the president of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, Naser Selmani, the smaller amount of...

Vanhoutte: Reforms in the media will survive only if there is political will

Further significant progress can be achieved in a few years, provided that the government, especially the relevant minister, remain involved in supporting a free and professional media environment – said the Belgian expert in an interview withTruthmeter.mk and Meta.mk. Peter Vanhoutte, the mediator in the talks between political parties during the process of reaching the Przino Agreement, recently visited Macedonia...

Media reforms underway, the pace and quality vary from pillar to pillar

Reforms to the media are currently underway, however the pace and quality vary from pillar to pillar. This was pointed out at today's presentation of the second periodical report, part of the project "Media Reform Observatory" implemented by the Foundation for Internet and Society "Metamorphosis", "Agora" , Center for Promotion of Civil Values ​​and the Platform for Investigative Journalism...