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 the Council of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAVMU) and the Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) to submit a letter of support from two nongovernmental organizations.
According to Blagoja Despotovski from VMRO-DPMNE, there are no independent civil organizations because they are either with the one or the other political option.
With this pace of lengthy discussions, the opposition is blocking the adoption of the law in order to keep party members in the councils, said the Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Manchevski, who attended the session as the representative of the proposer of the law, that is, the Government.
In the four previous continuations of the session of the parliamentary Committee, five amendments were discussed, and 70 still remain.
In less than a month, MPs passed only 5 amendments of more than seventy submitted by VMRO-DPMNE at the four amendment continuations of the sessions of the Committee on Transport and Communications.
The text is made within the framework of the project “Media Reform Observatory”, implemented by the Foundation for Internet and Society Metamorphosis, “Agora” Center for Promoting Civil Values and the Platform for Investigative Journalism and Analyzes – PINA, with the financial support of the “Foundation Open” Society – Macedonia “. The content of the text is the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be considered to reflect the views of the “Open Society Foundation – Macedonia”.