In October, the Civil Court in Skopje ruled that ‘Investigative Reporting Laboratory’ (IRL) had defamed a businessman it named in a documentary about the impact of dirty oil on air pollution.
Journalist Ilinka Iljoska was threatened by employees of a state enterprise for public cleaning, after she photographed some of the garbage in a park near her home.
Women journalists are the most common target of anti-press attacks in North Macedonia, journalist association warns
The AJM found that the frequency of attacks and threats against media workers increases in turbulent political situations, especially during elections. Moreover, impunity for attacks on journalists is prevalent, an issue that requires more serious commitment from law enforcement and judicial authorities:
Authorities will treat cases involving attacks on journalists in the same way as they treat assaults on police officers. There will also be new penalties for assaulting a journalist or a media worker, and online harassment will be criminalised.
Amid the resurgence of coronavirus cases in still-shuttered North Macedonia, the tourist seasons getting underway in nearby countries have been used to manipulate public opinion with disinformation and to inflate toxic nationalism.
The official told web journalist Meri Jordanovska that he would be “creating a funeral” for her; he told broadcast journalist Iskra Korovesovska that he knew where she lived, and that she should “run away” if she saw him on the street.
Macedonia’s state-owned news agency (MIA) suspended the prominent VMRO-DPMNE promoter Cvetin Chilimanov after he called for the rape of journalist Valerie Hopkins on Twitter.
The political tension in the Republic of Macedonia has increased in recent months ahead of the referendum, scheduled for 30 September 2018, on the agreement signed with Greece to solve the long-standing name dispute.
A campaign to frame civil society as criminals and traitors has severely affected the work, resources and reputation of activists in Macedonia.
Macedonian journalist can finally expect to be formally exonerated of political charges against him, after nearly five years.
From the beginning of 2016 until yesterday at least 21 attacks against journalists in Macedonia have been registered by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM), out of a total of several dozens within the last years.
Populist, nationalist politicians in Central and Eastern Europe are launching attacks on civil society; the aim is to silence criticism and undermine pro-democracy, anti-corruption groups that hold governments to account.
RSF condemns the many attacks against Macedonian journalists at demonstrations in the capital Skopje and provincial cities in recent weeks and urges the authorities to shed light on the violence.