Skopje, 26 November 2022 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services strongly condemns the inappropriate behavior of the manager of the Skopje-North heating plant, Kushtrim Ramadani, towards the journalist Katerina Dodevska of the “” portal.

Public office holders must not in any case communicate by using vulgar insults, as, by accepting the position, their work becomes subject to public scrutiny and potentially strong public criticism through the media. At the same time, they should be aware that they are responsible for every word they utter and that they must refrain from any kind of improper and inappropriate communication.

Obstructing journalists’ work constitutes a threat to the freedom of and the right to information. It is necessary to enable media workers to perform their duties professionally, above all taking into account their role in raising issues of public interest and ensuring transparency and accountability of political and public authorities.