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 ‘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.

Macedonia: Media (Non)Activism

на 20. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
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

Macedonia: The Media Coverage of the European Court of Human Rights

на 13. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
By Prof. Mirjana Najčevska, PhD, human rights expert One role of the media in democratic states is to act as watchdogs of the government in the area of respect and protection for human rights. The reporting on the judgments/decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in general, and especially the decisions that refer to the Republic of Macedonia, is an important aspect of that watchdog role. When ECHR

Sexual Privacy Vs. the Public Interest

на 11. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
Can journalists collect data on sexual orientation of their colleagues and publish lists with names of homosexual journalists? Are there cases in which a person’s sexual orientation could be considered an issue of interest to the public? These questions are answered by Žarko Trajanovski, expert in the area of human rights, in his analysis written for the website, under the auspices of the Foundation Metamorphosis project. Sexual Orientation is

Macedonia: On “Vest’s” Poll, Its Cancellation and Media Reactions

на 7. 02. 2013 | | mk, sq
On January 30, 2013, “Vest” daily launched a poll on its website, asking the readers to vote “Which TV personality should interview Gruevski while wearing no panties”. The daily explained that its editorial office was inspired by the “Serbian show in which a show host, with extremely revealing cleavage and wearing no underwear interviewed the Prime Minister of Serbia Ivica Dačić”. On January 31, 2013, the  editorial office decided to