Skopje, 26 September 2019 – Following the decision of the Primary Public Prosecutor’s Office to file an charges against Aleksandar Mitovski of the “” portal for disclosing an official secret, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services wishes to point out that the publication of documents containing information of high public interest is one of the crucial tasks of the free and independent media because this kind of public oversight warrants accountability and transparency on the part of the political and public authorities.

The media must respect the professional and ethical journalistic standards in the performance of their duties, while the institutions should bear in mind that pressing charges against journalists for publishing information has a negative impact on the achievement of the common goal – the protection of public interests.