BUDGET FUNDS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING IN THE MEDIA

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Skopje, 12 September 2022 – Reacting upon the news that the City of Skopje has concluded a contract worth some 5 million MKD, for the promotion of campaigns for specific activities carried out by the City of Skopje, using the services of a marketing agency, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services wishes to remind that using budget funds for this type of activities conducted by the local government violates Article 102 of the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services.

On this occasion, as on several previous occasions, we wish to stress that taxpayers’ funds must not be used for government advertising, at any level, through private broadcasters. This method of financing leaves room for direct violation of the independence and editorial independence of the media, and may lead to corrupt practices.



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