Skopje, 13 May 2016 – In its second report on the monitoring of media coverage in the news following the calling of elections, which covers the period 25 April-4 May 2016, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has concluded that the Alfa TV, Kanal 5 TV and Sitel TV had been reporting on the activities of the government authorities as means of election-related media coverage of VMRO/DPMNE. Misdemeanour procedures have been initiated against the detected offences.
The Agency warns against the continuing non-compliance with the professional standards and programme principles, particularly those concerning objective and unbiased presentation of the developments and equal treatment of diverse opinions, respect for human dignity and observance of the spirit of tolerance.
The first report on the interviews, debates and other information programmes in the period 15 April-4 May 2016 has detected presence of the most offensive forms of speech, insults and slander, in certain information programmes, exceeding any tolerable limits of democratic debate.
The results of the monitoring of the news in the second 10 days since calling the elections, and of the interviews, debates and other information shows from the day of calling the elections until 4 May 2016, are contained under the banner ELECTIONS 2016 and can be seen at the following links:
– Second report on the monitoring of media coverage of elections in the news in the period from calling the elections until the start of the election campaign, 25 April-4 May 2016
– First report on the monitoring of interviews, debates and other information programmes in the period from calling the elections until the start of the elections campaign, 25 April-4 May 2016
– Overview of the information programme in the period 25 April-4 May 2016
– Overview of the interviews in the period 25 April-4 May 2016