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The Government Does Not Respect Brussels’ Recommendations for Independence of the Media Regulator

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Skopje, 10 April 2019 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has been unpleasantly surprised by yesterday’s decision of the Government to issue a negative opinion on the 2019-2023 Regulatory Strategy for the Development of Audio and Audiovisual Business Activity and seek its revision, on the grounds that it had allegedly not been harmonized “with the other strategic documents for the development of this activity.”

Rules for Paid Political Programme Are the Focus of the First Public Meeting

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Skopje, 29 March 2019 – Today, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services held its First Public Meeting in 2019. At the meeting, Agency Director Zoran Trajcevski presented the activities conducted during the previous quarter, in accordance with the Agency’s Annual Work Programme, which involved the supervisions carried out over broadcasters, print media publishers an operators of public electronic communications networks, the monitoring of media coverage of the presidential elections, the public warnings pronounced and the activities in the international sphere.

NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE ELECTORAL CODE ONLY FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN

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Skopje, 28 March 2019 – The Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia adopted amendments to the Electoral Code through a shortened procedure and without any more extensive debate, only five days before the start of the election campaign. The goal of these amendments was allegedly to harmonize the provisions of the Electoral Code, however, what was achieved is exactly the opposite, especially with regard to paid political advertising.

PRESS RELEASE

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 Skopje, 26 March 2019 – Director of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services Zoran Trajchevski, President of the Agency Council Lazo Petrushevski and Deputy President of the Agency Council Milaim Fetai had a working meeting today with a delegation of the Secretariat for European Affairs, led by Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani.

 

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