RESEARCH NORTH MACEDONIA: Imperative of Boosting Capacities and Reinforcing Effectiveness

This research aims to create a better understanding of media self-regulatory mechanisms in North Macedonian media landscape.

Over the last decade, self-regulation in the media sector in the Republic of North Macedonia has played a very important role in the media system, actively promoting professional standards and supporting the development of independent media. The Code of Ethics of Journalists of Macedonia was adopted back in 2001, but self-regulation was in particular strengthened as a mechanism with the establishment of the Council of Media Ethics in Macedonia (CMEM) in 2013.

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The analysis indicates that there is a need for further strengthening of the human resources and of the financial and professional capacities of the self-regulatory bodies, in order to effectively tackle the challenges stemming from a changing media landscape.

Rapid technological development imposes a need for regular updating of the ethics framework in order to adapt it to the changing media environment, particularly in the digital sphere. It is also necessary to raise public awareness about the role and function of self-regulatory bodies, which would promote wider social engagement and responsibility of all stakeholders, including citizens.

This analysis explores the capacity of self-regulatory mechanisms to promote ethical standards and to effectively respond to growing challenges, especially in the digital environment, as well as to promote media literacy.

Funded by the European Union.

The regional program “Our Media: A civil society action to generate media literacy and activism, counter polarisation and promote dialogue” is implemented with the financial support of the European Union by partner organizations SEENPM, Albanian Media Institute, Mediacentar Sarajevo, Press Council of Kosovo, Montenegrin Media Institute, Macedonian Institute for Media, Novi Sad School of Journalism, Peace Institute and Bianet.

This article was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of SEENPM and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.