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Amendments to the Electoral Code jeopardize the work and freedom of the media

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) are against the adopted changes and amendments to the Electoral Code, made as result of a political agreement between the Government and the opposition.

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Faced with the abuse of media that serve destructive agendas of individuals and groups, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers urge the media to meet the basic rules of professional work, including observance of the Code of Journalists, transparency in the ownership and editorial structure, and acceptance of self-regulation as a sole protector of media freedoms and independence. This also includes indication of authorship, as well as sources of information when using content from other media.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) organized its Open Day on May 31st, when the first public session of the Complaints Commission was held. The members of the Commission discussed three adjudications for the media, on the basis of the latest press complaints.

Отворен ден на Советот за етика во медиумите на Македонија – „Саморегулација во медиумите низ соработка и партнерство“

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), in the wake of the announced amendments to the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, firmly maintains that it is necessary to eliminate any influence of the state on the process of self-regulation in the media.

Following the yesterday’s incidents in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia where, among others, journalists from several media were attacked, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (СMЕМ) appeals for immediate reaction of the police and the public prosecution to undertake the necessary steps for resolving the incidents.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) is highly concerned about the frequent cases of abuse of certain media, especially in the context of the current political situation, to spread rumors, propaganda and false news that could intensify tensions and lead to potential unrest in the society.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) strongly condemns yesterday's assault on the journalistic team of the news portal A1 On and expresses concern that the incident confirms biased attempts to threaten press freedom and public's right to be informed.

At the beginning of the election campaign in Macedonia, the Council for Media Ethics (CMEM) calls for full professional responsibility in journalism, promotion of participatory political process and a continued public access to relevant and reliable information.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) condemns the physical attack on the journalist of Telma, Pavle Belovski, and considers that such incidents and obstructions severely threaten the media freedom and the public's right to be informed.

Following the announcement of the parliamentary elections in Macedonia, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), organizes a press-conference on September 5 (Monday) in the EU Info Center, in Skopje.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) reacts to the publishing of a video from the recent incident in the city of Kumanovo when a person with a car ran over the entire family, including a minor who died of his wounds.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, recalls that professional journalism is an essential element of a functional democracy and the realization of the interest and rights of citizens to access to accurate and objective information.

While observing the media reporting on the latest political turmoil and citizens’ reactions, the Council of Media Ethics is once again reminding the media not to abuse its role and serve as a platform for inflaming the situation and hovering tensions in the society. Considering the fundamental right of freedom of the media, we are reminding journalists and editors that media coverage must contain the truth and shall not initiate debates and discussions that would inflame tensions and worsen relations between citizens.

Tomorrow (March 10) at 13:30, at the EU InfoCentre in Skopje, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia – CMEM will hold a press-conference. On the event, trends in media reporting after the signing of the Charter for ethical reporting on elections will be presented.

In the light of the latest developments in the municipality of Butel , the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia, reminds the media of the responsibility for careful, objective, accurate and reliable coverage for the public. The role of the media in times of tension is to soothe passion, to call for upholding of public order and peace, as well as for original broadcasting of information without speculation and selective view of events.

On the occasion of the latest cases of unprofessional reporting in some media, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia reiterates its call to journalists and editors for elimination of such practices in their newsrooms and to aim for professional coverage and protection of the profession through serving the interest of public exclusively.

Following yesterday’s interview in the information program on Sitel Television at 19:00 pm, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM)  expresses serious concern about the unprofessional behavior of the editor in chief, Dragan Pavlovic – Latas, and indecent and mistreatment towards his guest, Zoran Zaev.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) presented the initiative to sign the Charter for ethical media reporting during elections, at a press conference that took place today, at the EU Info Centre in Skopje,.