Вики Чадиковскаauthor: Violeta Cadikovska, journalist

The non-sanctioning of hate speech in the country poses a serious challenge to prevent its spread. Social networks and online media have intensified the impact of the spread of hate speech and discrimination, at a time when the world is facing a Covid-19 pandemic. Comparative analyzes indicate that the presence of hate speech has decreased in the traditional media, but it marks a progressive growth online. There is only one court ruling related to hate speech in the country and that is a serious problem.

zoran andonov slikaauthor: Zoran Andonov, journalist

Few days ago, I met a mother of a child with cerebral paralysis, member of an association from Tetovo. She asked me if children with this disease will get anything with the latest measures from the Government. I told her "no, there will be no help provided for people with disabilities". She sadly looked at me and quietly said: "As before, they have forgotten us completely, they treat us as invisible, we do not exist. Everyone received some money, retirees, company workers, students and we did not. Why does it have to be like this? They are afraid to help us or they do not care at all that there are some people who really need support, people who struggle 24 hours a day. I just wonder, how long is this going to last?!”.

Sefer Tahiriauthor: Sefer Tahiri

In recent months, the world, in addition to covid 19, is facing false news, but also political / party instrumentalization of the new situation with the virus. Unfortunately, in the country,  journalistic content can be identified in some media in which ethnic inclinations and bias are detected!

Teofil2author: Teofil Blazevski

The fight against fake news requires unification of the media community

Joint action of media organizations and experts for short-term and long-term effects of the fight against fake news and other unethical public information is a necessity

When there were many victims in Skopje from the flood caused by the storm that hit four years ago, in 2016, the problem with fake news in the media was not very visible, neither quantitatively nor qualitatively. The problem had mostly appeared visibly in relation to political issues and the war between the government and the opposition at that time to get out of the severe political crisis, which practically started in December 2012.

MMM 8739author: Dejan Andonov, MA
Expert in media and communications
Institute for Communication Studies

Since March this year, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a huge need for news and highlighted the importance of professional journalism and access to verified information. The spread of the coronavirus, critical situations in the health system, preventive measures, urgent Government policies, damages from physical isolation, all these headlines just illustrate that "Covid-19" is a topic mostly reported by the media. However, many untruths have been spreading through online portals and social networks with the same speed, that makes it difficult for the society to react properly and deal with the pandemic. Hence, access to reliable information has become a matter of life and death. Human health depends not only on health care, but also on access to accurate information about coronavirus threats and on the measures for personal protection and protection of their families and the environment. This crisis has also highlighted the need for journalists in society, who play a key role in providing vital information to the public.