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Critical Thinking Exercises: Is the Word “Slavs” Offensive to Macedonians?

на 6. 11. 2014 | | mk, sq
Future US ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily (in the middle) at the Independence Day celebration in the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey, where he served as deputy chief of mission. (With the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, F. J. Ricciardone, and spouses). Photo: U.S. Department of State, 2013  

The recent media smear campaign, accompanied with hate speech against the newly appointed American ambassador can serve as good basis for an exercise in posing critical questions.

Written by: Zharko Trajanoski, MA in Human Rights

1) Does the use of the term “Slavs” means “negation of the existence of the Macedonian people”?

The media witch hunt started after the following report by the MIA correspondent from Brussels: “There are Slav majority and

“Patriotic” hate speech: Hate towards NGOs (3)

на 17. 07. 2014 | | mk
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  Smear campaign. Photo: MFCS  

“The “patriotic” hate speech is based on unfounded accusations and contrived concern for the people, the state and its institutions. Basically, it is an attack which directly spreads hatred against critics of the government and indirectly fosters love for the politicians in power, who are being identified with the state and/or the nation. “

(The first part of the analysis can be found here,

“Patriotic” hate speech: Hate towards NGOs and activists (2)

на 27. 06. 2014 | | mk

There are numerous examples of “patriotic” speech in the media-political party smear campaign against the “sorosoids“, intending to incite hatred towards NGOs and activists who openly criticize the authorities.

(Second part of the analysis: Hate towards the internal “enemies”) Written by: Zarko Trajanoski, MA in Human Rights   “The person who uses media for mass communication must be aware that it is he/she who bears the responsibility when calling for protests or another type of mass action against another party in the event of violence and cannot be protected with the right to freedom of expression.” (Roberto Belichanec “Black Book“)   The first part of this analysis indicates that the “patriotic” hate speech is often used as an instrument by

How can the voice of the voiceless be heard?

на 30. 09. 2013 | | mk, sq
An ethical duty of journalists is not only to report on public protests, but to also present the demands of the protestors. Very few media presented the demands of the protestors, as opposed to the number of media presenting the minister’s statements that the protest held before the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy was a “mistake”. “I love you” in sign language, Photo: Bert Heymans, 2009   “Thank you all for the support, especially the media helping us raise our voice! We have no interpreters, and that is why we are writing this!” (Public meeting of the deaf and hard of hearing of Macedonia)   Written by: Zarko Trajanoski MA in Human Rights The recent peaceful protest of a

Macedonia: “When censorship is being introduced”

на 23. 07. 2013 | | mk, sq
Written by Žarko Trajanoski, MA in Human Rights “Practice indicates that responsible and ethical journalism is never the result of state legislation and regulations, but of the voluntary compliance with the code created by the media community itself.” (Guide on Ethics in Journalism) We need to particularly address media manipulations on the topic of “Media Law”. Was there a public presentation of the Media law in 2011? On December 6, 2011, Sitel TV’s web-portal posted the newscast “Public presentation of the new Media Law“. The title of the newscast suggested that there was some kind of a “new media law” which was publicly presented. However, the newscast also included the following statement of minister Mile Janakieski (it has not been

Why are media ignoring the problems of people with disabilities? (2)

на 14. 05. 2013 | | mk, sq
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By Žarko Trajanovski, MA, human rights expert This is the second part of the analysis on the trend in the media to ignore the problems of people with disabilities.   Skopje Cable Car. Photo: Metamorphosis “Let the voice of the voiceless be heard…” (Journalist Ethics Code) In our previous analysis with the same title, we noted that the use of respectful terms for people with disabilities is a special ethical

Macedonia: Unethical Journalism – copy-paste of unconfirmed information

на 7. 05. 2013 | | mk, sq
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By Žarko Trajanovski, MA in human rights „A journalist should: Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error“.
(Code of ethics for journalists) On Labour Day, several journalists couldn’t bother to check the veracity of information they published. As if they forgot that “testing the information and their veracity are moral imperatives of journalism” (Manual on Journalistic ethics). On May 1, the following

Why are media ignoring the problems of people with disabilities? (1)

на 24. 04. 2013 | | mk, sq
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By Žarko Trajanovski, MA, human rights expert
Polling place n. 2842 during local elections in Centar Municipality, 21.04.2013 | Photo: Metamorphosis “Words are important! Journalists should know which term they should use to denote a community. The best test of this is whether the community wants to be denoted with such a term? If the term is derogatory, it must not be used regardless of the arguments that may seem

Media, elections, hate speech and intolerance (2)

на 11. 03. 2013 | | mk, sq
Dear journalists, what time is it? Written by Zarko Trajanoski, MA in Human Rights Photo: Jonathan Rashad ‘The journalist will not intentionally create or process information endangering human rights or freedoms, will not use hate speech and encourage violence and discrimination on any grounds (national, religious, racial, gender, social, language-based, sexual orientation, political… ).’ (Code of journalists of Macedonia, AJM) Sequel to: The media are not what they used to be: Can the ministers give partisan statements during their work hours?

Media and Elections (1)

на 1. 03. 2013 | | mk, sq
The media are not what they used to be: Can the ministers give partisan statements during their work hours? Written by Zarko Trajanoski , MA in Human Rights ‘The conservatives are not what they used to be: the British parliament approved gay marriages’ –
– title on a web portal The watchful monitoring and criticism of the political processes during the elections and the (ab)use of political power is one of the major ethical and professional responsibilities of journalists.
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