Skopje, 18 May 2022 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services condemns the summoning of the journalist of “I Want to Say” for an official police interview because of a published text, and wishes to point out that such actions jeopardize media freedom.

It is absolutely unacceptable to summon journalists for informative talks about published articles of public interest, as these can be interpreted as intimidation attempts, which in turn contributes to the emergence of self-censorship. Such cases have negative effect on the freedom of information.

The Agency wishes to remind that anyone who considers that a certain media outlet has damaged their reputation and honour by having published incomplete, unverified or inaccurate information, has the right to ask the media outlet to publish a refutation, a reply and correction, or to file a complaint with the self-regulatory bodies for the media.