“Hate speech is not something new, but the fight against it does not stop. In the past years, a number of research and analyzes have been conducted regarding hate speech and the situation is clearly stated. Weaknesses of the system and the law enforcement bodies and institutions are pointed out", Mirce Adamcevski, President of the Press Complaints Commission at CEMM highlighted at the debate focused on hate speech and discriminatory practices in media reporting.

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.

Representatives from the professional media and news organizations in the country, communication students, representatives from the civil sector and journalists attended the debate that took place on August 27th 2020.

UNESCO welcomed the initiative taken by the CMEM to reward the positive efforts of journalists, reporting on the health crisis and related challenges. The call, open to all professional journalists and newsrooms, received a broad response, as a total of 66 stories written by 30 different authors participated in the competition.

Interview with Pieter Knapen, General Secretary and an Ombudsman of the Flemish Press Council, Belgium

Interview with Daphne Koene, General Secretary of the Press Council in Netherlands

Media self-regulation implies an effective link among the media, the industry and the public. The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) strongly emphasizes the internal connection and capacity building of its bodies in relation to information exchange and joint planning of the strategic development. In this process, the connection and regular exchange of information are of an exceptional importance. More in the CMEM’s video “The Public – a Key Partner for Effective Self-Regulation”, prepared within the project “Achieving increased accountability and transparency through participation and inclusion”.

The Council of Media Ethics, at its today's press conference, announced the awards of the competition for best journalistic stories in the sphere of social and social life, focusing on the promotion of human rights and the promotion of the rights of socially vulnerable and marginalized groups.

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The Macedonian Information Agency made a decision to provide free services to internet portals in the next three months, until the end of the local elections.

Anticipating of the upcoming media sector reforms arising from the Przhino’s Agreement, a group of media organizations submitted to the Government a Request for implementation of systemic media reforms that emphasized the priority issues that require urgent legislative changes and practical measures to be implemented by the competent institutions.

The Council of Media Ethics has a noble role to constantly remind media and journalists of professional ethics. It is about principles that are not only protecting the profession and its members, but also the democracy and its wider influence, said the Head of the EU Delegation Samuel Žbogar at today's conference of CMEM, held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje.