AVMU’s First Public Meeting Focuses on Gender-based Violence on the National Television Channels

 Skopje, 28 March 2024 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services held its first Public Meeting for this year today, at which the director Dr. Zoran Trajchevski presented an overview of the activities carried out in accordance with the Annual Work Programme in the past three months.

Those present had the opportunity to hear about the activities related to the supervisions conducted over the radio broadcasters, operators of public electronic communication networks, print media publishers, imposed public warning measures and activities in the field of international cooperation.

Presented at the meeting were the findings of the Survey into the manner of reporting on gender-based violence in the news programmes of the national television channels in 2023, which the Institute for Sociological, Political and Legal Research at the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje had prepared for the Agency’s needs. The Survey covers the first ten days of the months of January, February and March 2023, respectively.

The Survey contains two parts, one of which refers to items rendering specific incidents/events involving gender-based violence, while the second covers items that present certain conditions related to this phenomenon, such as research data, statistical data, the relevant institutions’ conduct and the measures they take.

Out of the items analyzed, 22 were identified to be dealing with specific events related to gender-based violence. The analysis showed that these were mostly in the form of news items or reports, the actors and sources of information were stated precisely, and they were usually aired at the end of the news broadcasts.

As regards the items that tackled gender-based violence as a phenomenon, 11 items were identified, in which the most common types of violence were the types of economic violence, femicide, family and psychological violence.

The entire Survey is available at this link