MEDIA PROGRAMМЕS SHOULD BE OPEN TO DIVERSE POLITICAL VIEWS

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Skopje, 23 November 2020 – Following certain publicly expressed reactions that the daily news programme of the national television channel of Telma TV lacked information on the activities and views of the largest opposition party regarding the current social and political issues, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services wishes to remind that one of the fundamental programme principles on which the broadcasters’ programmes rest is the objective and impartial presentation of the events, providing equal treatment for the diverse viewpoints and opinions and enabling the audience to freely form its opinion on certain events and issues.

The media outlets are independent in creating their editorial policies, but political pluralism is vital to the development and preservation of democratic societies. Therefore, the media must be aware of their role and responsibility in creating the public opinion, i.e. of their obligation towards the public to make their programmes open to diverse political views.



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