PRESS RELEASES

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) strongly condemn the cases of gross violation of the election silence by several online media during yesterday, which is a serious compromise of the election process.

Today, the Council of Media Ethics (CMEM) via video address on Facebook announced the awards regarding the Call for Best Journalistic Stories related to reporting on the pandemics of coronavirus (CОVID-19), the associated challenges and arising consequences.

The Council for Media Ethics (CMEM) continues to react to the frequent cases of unethical and unprofessional reporting and, in particular, about the spread of speculation in some media about the coronavirus pandemic.  Inaccurate information and sensationalism can further increase anxiety and panic and encourage irrational behavior among citizens.

CMEM is joining the UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day Campaign

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), on the occasion of May 3rd, the World Press Freedom Day, calls for increased accountability in respecting the fundamental principles of media freedom and independence, as well as for the protection of journalists and media practitioners in the accomplishment of their responsibility for professional reporting in the interest of the public.

The Council for Media Ethics (CMEM) is concerned about the frequent cases of unethical and unprofessional reporting and, in particular, about the spread of speculation in some media about the coronavirus pandemic, which could further increase public concern and anxiety based on inaccurate information and sensationalism.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) remind the media that the procedure for joining the Registry of Professional Online Media of these two organizations (Promedia.mk) continues.

“Unprofessional reporting about COVID-19 leads to unnecessary fear and panic. It may be a bigger risk than the coronavirus itself,” alerted Marina Tuneva, Director of the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM).

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) inform that the web site www.promedia.mk which contains data for the professional online media is now available and accessible to the public. The Register is currently comprised of 101 online media that publish content in multiple languages.

Concerning the occurrence of a coronavirus case in the country, the Council of Macedonia Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) calls on media to report in professional manner and avoid spreading of fake news.

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The Association of Journalist of Macedonia (AJM), the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and the Macedonian Institute for Media are seriously concerned about the unreasonable delay in the procedure for appointment of members in the Council of the Agency of Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and the Program Council of the PSB Macedonian Radio and Television.

The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM), on the occasion of celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, May 3d, would like to recall to the need for serious engagement of all relevant actors in undertaking the major reform steps in the media sector in the country.

РЕДОВНОТО ГОДИШНО СОБРАНИЕ на Советот за етика во медиумите на Македонија, ќе се одржи на 12 април 2019 година (петок), со почеток во 11 часот, во хотелот “Квинс”, во трговскиот центар “Зебра”, во Скопје.

"The self-sustainability of the Media Ethic Councils - myth or reality for the Balkan region and Turkey" was the topic of the regional conference organized by the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) in Skopje, 26-27.03.2019, in the presence of participants from the Media Ethic Councils from the neighboring countries.

Tomorrow, 12 December 2018, at 19:00 hrs, at the MKC Club Restaurant in Skopje, the winners of this year's awards for best journalistic news item, best professional photography and best amateur photography will be announced by Ambassador Samuel ŽBOGAR and the Honorary President of the Jean Monnet Jury Nadezda GACE.

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“Media Self-Regulation, Interest of the Public and Civic Involvement” is the topic of the debate organized in Ohrid today by the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM).

Freedom of media, freedom of expression and self-regulation were the topics of today's conference organized by the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CEMM) in Bitola.

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At today’s press conference, the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) presented the awards for best story in the area of societal and social life, with focus on the promotion of human rights and the rights of socially vulnerable and marginalized groups of citizens.

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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.