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The media should use ECHR’s judgement in protection of the human rights

на 20. 02. 2017 | | mk
How to use the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights? Photo: francois schnell/Wikipedia, 2011
How to use the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights? Photo: francois schnell/Wikipedia, 2011  

The judgements of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) are a powerful tool in the hands of media when they play their control role in the society, especially when they try to exercise their control over the government

  Author: Mirjana Najchevska, PhD, human rights expert   Informing the public when it

Desoroization, degülenization and similar forms of exorcism

на 26. 01. 2017 | | mk, sq
Zealots of exorcism against the NGOs. Photo: Jacob Davis, 2004
Zealots of exorcism against the NGOs. Photo: Jacob Davis, 2004  

The way we perceive (“see” and make sense of) things, determines our behavior a great deal. The media control what the public is going to see by dimensioning the strength of the stimulus, i.e. they focus the attention on only one part of what is being informed on, thereby limiting the size and quality of perception. If the information

Propaganda and informing are not the same – propaganda messages are paid for

на 27. 10. 2016 | | mk, sq
The propaganda is paid for – at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. Photo: Pixabay
The propaganda is paid for – at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. Photo: Pixabay    

Informing signifies asking questions, analyzing, putting in context, following a certain development line, reassessing, searching for additional information…

  Author: Prof. Mirjana Najchevska PhD, human rights expert   According to the Article 2 in the Law on Media, Media are instruments for public informing, i.e. communication of any type, such as newspapers,

The fight against corruption is a common interest

на 27. 05. 2016 | | mk
Goran Milenkov. Photo: Screen shot of the recording from the SCPC’s press conference  held on 6 April 2016
Goran Milenkov. Photo: Screenshot of the recording from the SCPC’s press conference  held on 6 April 2016 The media must not be dithered during their research due to the arrogant behavior of some designated person, due to the absence of cooperation or due to the refusal for providing data.   Author: Mirjana Najchevska, PhD. human rights expert   According to the Law on Prevention of Corruption, “the

Refugees, Migrants and Xenophobia in the Macedonian Media

на 5. 09. 2015 | | mk
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„Refugee or migrant? Word choice matters.“ Photo: UNHCR.   What are the key problems of the media reporting when it comes to refugees and migrants who pass through Macedonia?   Author: Prof. d-r Mirjana Najchevska, human rights expert   The problem with one of the most marginalized groups in the world, the refugees – the illegal migrants, the asylum seekers, caught the attention of the Macedonian media at the beginning

The Term “Sorosoids” is Discriminatory

на 21. 08. 2015 | | mk, sq
“Discrimination”. Photo: bvalaw.net. The term “Sorosoids” is obviously used to label, discredit and derogate a certain group of people. Written by: Prof. Mirjana Najchevska, PhD, human rights expert A number of media in Macedonia have gotten into a habit of using the term “Sorosoids.” This term may be used in different contexts, but always with negative connotation.
  • Political underground demasked: Sorosoids founding themselves and playacting as if they are NGO sector;
  • Vecher: These are the Soros’ mercenaries, who demand power without elections;
  • Dossier Sorosoids: Fake media, fake journalists… Only the money is real;
  • Latas on the Sorosoids and Radio MOF;
  • “Civil” gained half a million Euros from SOROS in just 3 years;
  • SDSM and the Sorosoids demand revoking of voting

Media Manipulations with the IRI Poll

на 17. 07. 2015 | | mk
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(Gross negligence is premeditation) By Prof. Mirjana Najcevska, PhD, human rights expert  Surveys can be useful tools to investigative journalism. A professionally conducted survey can offer wide material to journalists who can further process it, put it in context of their own analyses or use it to open some unopened issues. Surveys that periodically repeat using the same questions are especially useful. Media can use this data to show the dynamics of certain processes/events, to follow the development of events, and also to attempt to identify causal relationships between events. Surveys can be used to manipulate citizens, too. In the analysis entitled “Journalists love surveys,” I pointed to the reservations a journalist has to set when

Why do migrants get killed so much on the railway tracks in Macedonia?

на 6. 05. 2015 | | mk
Пругите како гробишта за мигрантите. Фото: Novica Nakov, 2007
Railways as migrants’ graveyards. Photo: Novica Nakov, 2007 (CC BY-SA).

How come so many emigrants get killed on the railway tracks in Macedonia all of a sudden. Why previously the number of killed persons was much lower? What has changed?

By Prof. Mirjana Najcevska, PhD, human rights expert 
  • Yet another illegal migrant died at the railway track in Veles,
  • 7 migrants died on Macedonian railway tracks,
  • Another migrant died in

Macedonian Media Keep Silent on the UN General Assembly, with Exception of Gruevski’s Speech

на 1. 10. 2013 | | mk
UN General Assembly, New York
The media must serve as window to the world, not allowing that citizens of Macedonia remain enclosed within narrow petty interests, completely outside of the global development mainstream.    By: Prof. Mirjana Najchevska, PHD, human rights expert A characteristic of the contemporary organization of society is interlinking between states, their mutual interdependence and, of course, common standards they attempt to develop within the framework of international structures. The opportunity for

Macedonia: Media (Non)Activism

на 20. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
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By: Prof. Mirjana Najchevska, PHD, human rights expert The media play, or should play, a huge role in promotion and protection of human rights. It is the support that the media can offer in the protection of vulnerable groups (all those kept outside of the centres of power, subjected to special forms of violence, socially disenfranchised or discriminated) that is of special importance. It often seems that vulnerable groups and
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