PRESS RELEASES

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,.

On November 11 (Wednesday) at 11:00h, at the South East European University, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia is organising the event "Press Complaints Commission of the Council of Media Ethics - experiences and future plans".

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia strongly condemns the physical attack by the Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Pesevski on the owner and editor of the web portal Maktel, Sase Ivanovski.

The bodies for self-regulation in the media from Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are finally united. Under the auspices and upon an initiative by the Council of Europe, the MEDIA NEThics network – Network of the bodies for self-regulation in the media in South East Europe - was established.

Self-regulation in the media as a principle that leads to greater professionalism and ethical standards in journalism is the main topic of the presentation of the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), scheduled for June 12, in Kumanovo.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia, taking into account the latest developments in the security and political turmoil in the country, appeals to all media to inform in a professional and balanced way, respecting the principle of reporting through facts and observing the public interest.

Self-regulation in the media as a principle that leads to greater professionalism and ethical standards in journalism and greater trust among the public, is the main topic of the presentation of the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), scheduled for May 11, in Stip.

Self-regulation in the media as a principle that leads to greater professionalism and ethical standards in journalism and greater trust among the public, is the main topic of the presentation of the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), scheduled for May 12, in Strumica.

The Press Complaints Commission at the Council of Media Ethics expresses serious concern about the ambiguity of the press release by the Public Prosecution Office dating from 03:02.2015 which asks the media to immediately stop publishing and broadcasting video and audio materials on the action "Coup".

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) discredits speculations that yesterday and today appeared in some media about the reasons for dismissal of Lidija Bogatinova from being a member of the Press Complaints Commission of the Council.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) works on several cases of violation of the ethical standards in the media reporting, among which the recent statement of Milenko Nedelkovski for Sitel TV, given in the city of Kavadarci, as well as his show broadcasted at Kanal 5 TV on February 15th.The CMEM condemns all violations of ethical and professional standards in the journalistic reporting and particularly in cases where hate speech is used.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia expresses serious concern over the information on the wiretapping of journalists, arguing that it inflicts a severe damage and consequences on the work and the reputation of journalists and on the work of the media in general.

The Council of Media Ethics in Macedonia is concerned and condemns the decision of the Appeal Court and the immediate imprisonment of the journalist Tomislav Kezharovski. We believe that this decision sends a message of self-censorship to all journalists in the country. The ethical principles of journalism can be defended and maintained only when the journalists are guaranteed freedom of informing.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) condemns the brutal murder of journalists of the French magazine „Charlie Hebdo“.