Time: 4:32 p.m. CEST
The Association of Journalist of Macedonia and the independent union of journalists and media workers reacted on Wednesday on the VMRO-Democratic Union of Macedonian National Unity’s law on government commercials. Both professional organizations said the drafted law submitted during the talks on media and media regulations means intervention in the mission, financing and editorial policy of the media.
“The VMRO-DPMNE’s law for the government campaigns, suggested to the working groups represents brutal attack on the independence of the media,” Naser Selmani, president of the AJM said. Selmani underlined, “The draft kills the essence of the media existence in one democratic society to inform truthfully, timely, to observe reality critically and to raise debate on the public interest questions.”
According to the draft law, VMRO-DPMNE says the public interest is every activity of the government and of the public institutions, current and future activities of the government, changes in the law and fiscal policies, AJM says. “That means continuation and acceleration of the promotion of the party program with the public money,” Selmani said.