Reporters without Borders: Campaign in FYR Macedonia focused on free speech

Reporters without Borders: Campaign in FYR Macedonia focused on free speech

Skopje, April 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Reporters without Borders sees the electoral campaign taking place in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia being focused on the free speech.

This organization is monitoring the electoral campaign and the approach of media and in this initial stage of the campaign, it has pointed out several problems.

“Media in the electoral campaign act as the pillar for the public thought. Since the start of the electoral campaign for the presidential elections, Reporters without Borders focuses its attention in the content of the media publication, through which parties present themselves, but at the same time, it also focuses on the arguments used by journalists”, says the organization through a report published today.

Christian Mir, head of the election observing mission says that the main concern consists on the massive adverts that parties broadcast on the media, which is a form of pressure to oblige media to report for the benefit of one or another political party.

“It’s clear that there’s a lot of publicity in the electoral campaign. The same phenomenon is happening in the media. These adverts broadcasted on the media are a form of pressure on journalists in order for them not to criticize and feel obliged and not be independent”, says Christian Mir.

According to him, the electoral campaign will focus on the problems of the freedom of information. “We fear this”, says Mir. /ibna/