Skopje, May 21, 2012 – Protection of privacy in the media was the subject of the Broadcasting Council President’s speech, MA Zoran Trajchevski, during the conference on the ‘’Freedom and Privacy on Internet’’.
The progress of the information technology, and especially the internet, that provides platform for the media as well, from one hand has created huge advantages, but on the other, its misuse or abuse have negative consequences and increases the problem on the protection of the personal data. In that direction, the Broadcasting Council has made an agreement with the Directorate for Personal Data Protection which means that these two institutions will act coordinately in cases where abuse of the personal data in the media is present.
The President of the Broadcasting Council, MA Zoran Trajchevski has explained the main reasons for violation of the provisions on personal data and privacy protection: ‘’The insufficient knowledge of the categories for personal data and privacy by the media workers as well as the provision on them contained in the Code of Journalist of the Republic of Macedonia, the insufficient knowledge of the manners of protection of the personal data and the privacy, especially when minors are involved and persons against which there are court or administrative procedures, lack of continuous training of the media workers from all the types of media with different working position and sensational orientation of certain media.’’
The President Trajchevski recommended improvement of the media legal frame as well as the improvement of the journalists’ self-regulatory mechanism in order to have a more efficient protection of the personal data and the privacy of the citizens. Also, continuous education of the citizens could significantly contribute towards the raising of their awareness for the possibility of abuse of their personal data.
The presentation of MA Zoran Trajchevski is available here.