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11 June 2021

Report notes poor progress in media freedoms in North Macedonia

North Macedonia

On 10 June, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) presented its annual report on the level of media freedom and safety of journalists in North Macedonia. The report was prepared as part of the project Regional Platform of the Western Balkans, funded by the European Union.

 

The report measured three main indicators:

 

-The legal framework for media freedom

-The position of journalists in newsrooms

-The safety of journalists

 

Results revealed  no improvements in 2020 in the media sphere, with instead an increasing trend of attacks on journalists and a deterioration in their security situation.

 

According to AJM statistics, a total of 14 attacks and serious threats against journalists have been reported since the beginning of 2020, out of which more than half were against women journalists. In comparison, in the previous year only four such incidents were reported, indicating a three-fold increase.

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Source: Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety

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