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Publication Issued on “Media Regulatory Bodies and Media Pluralism”

Skopje, 20 January 2022 – A publication titled “Media Regulatory Bodies and Media Pluralism” has been prepared as part of the regional project on “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in Southeast Europe (JUFREX)”, implemented as part of the cooperation initiative of the European Union and the Council of Europe, “The Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (Horizontal Facility II) 2019-2022”.

The purpose of the publication, in the preparation of which the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services took part along with the media regulatory bodies of the Western Balkans, is to contribute to a broader understanding of the concept of media pluralism, its institutional and strategic importance, and the substantial role of the regulatory bodies in this sphere.

The publication highlights the need to involve different stakeholders to foster a rich media environment, both offline and online, to ensure diverse opinions and voices, while addressing the measures aimed at avoiding media concentration that may hinder media pluralism and, hence, lead to undermining the right to freedom of expression.

The publication is available in Macedonian and in English.a