AVMS Guidelines Adopted on Monitoring the Implementation of Reporting Standards in Cases of Gender-Based Violence in the Media


Skopje, 9 November 2021 – At today’s, 32nd session, the Agency Council adopted the Guidelines of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services on Monitoring the Reporting Standards in Cases of Gender-Based Violence in the Media. The document was prepared by an expert hired by the Council of Europe within the frameworks of the project on “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in North Macedonia” – JUFREX 2, implemented by the Council of Europe and the European Union.

The Guidelines, among other things, aim to provide the media and all stakeholders with the information needed to grasp the issue of reporting on gender-based violence in general, which is why they present an overview of the situation in this regard in the country, explain the importance of both regulation and self-regulation, provide an outline of the most important relevant international documents and domestic legislation, underline the good practices to be followed in reporting, and provide a list of questions to help analyze, during the monitoring, the item/programme suspected to have failed to follow the standards applicable to cases of gender-based violence.

This document will be promoted at the online event on “Gender Based Violence in the Media: State of Play, Guidance, Monitoring”, which will be held on 11 November 2021, starting at 11:00 hrs. The event will also be used as an occasion to present the Research into Media Coverage of Topics Related to the LGBTI Community and Gender-Based Violence, prepared by the “Margini” Coalition, with the support of the “Heinrich Bell” Foundation and the Handbook on Gender-Sensitive Media Reporting, developed by HOPS/UN Women.

All interested parties may follow the online event via the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/432081611850728/.