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Press Release on the Election-related Media Monitoring in the First Ten Days

Skopje, 20.09.2016 – Media monitoring from 2 until 11 September 2016 showed that the selection of topics in this period had mainly been dictated by social developments of interest to the citizens, concluded the Ad-hoc Committee for Observing Media Coverage.

The news editions of the media were mainly neutral, while the media tried to provide the stances of several sources in order to present divers views to the public. During this period, the media tried to separate the journalistic genre of ‘report’ from that of ‘commentary/review’, so that the public could clearly distinguish between an information on an event and a commentary about/review of a certain event or topic. We would like to point out to the media that, in the future, they would observe and implement the standards relating to the journalistic genres and clearly mark the commentaries.

The Ad-hoc Committee for Observing Media Coverage urge the media to avoid the phenomenon of equating the state with the party.

At the same time, the Ad-hoc Committee for Observing Media Coverage encourages the media to maintain the approximate quantitative and qualitative balance in reporting and underlines that the observance of Article 61 of the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services is a prerequisite for one’s professionalism in performing their job.

 

Ad-hoc Committee for Observing Media Coverage