13.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice/MDG The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

UNESCO encourages interethnic dialogue between public radio and television editorial departments in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

© National association of journalists - Forum on “Cooperation among desks in the public service - an important precondition for neutral reporting”

Amongst employees in the national public broadcasting service of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there is a certain level of awareness that to better serve the public, better cooperation and greater interaction between editorial departments are required. More educational programmes with multiethnic and multicultural content are also highly recommended. These are two out of the six conclusions reached at the recent forum on “Cooperation among desks in the public service - an important precondition for neutral reporting”.

This event, organized in Skopje on 2 April 2012 by the association of journalists of the country in cooperation with UNESCO, focused on the need for cooperation among editorial departments for objective reporting on sensitive issues; two groups of journalists debated on possible means of cooperation between departments as a basic precondition for neutral reporting on delicate issues.

In addition to the previously mentioned conclusions, participants agreed on the following actions to be undertaken in the near future: to discuss and develop a model for the establishment of joint editorial desks for journalists, coming from programmes that are run in multiple languages, as an appropriate solution for better cooperation; for the public service as well as the private commercial media, to discuss hate speech cases inside their organizations; to restructure the public service programme in order to strengthen its role as an important institution of social importance; and, for higher education institutions, to introduce subjects for students of journalism with regard to reporting on sensitive and on hate speech issues.      

The event is one of three main activities of the project entitled “Fostering Inter-ethnic Dialogue in the Media Community”, which is being implemented by the association of journalists of the country, an independent organization with the aim of protecting and promoting professional standards of journalism and freedom of expression. The main goal of the project is to raise the bar of journalistic professionalism and to increase the level of cooperation among journalists from different backgrounds.  

This forum follows a round table entitled “The Role of the Media in the Easing of Inter-Ethnic Tensions” held on 22 March 2012 in Skopje in which journalists, editors, representatives of the Broadcasting Council, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of the international community participated.

This activity is carried out with technical support from UNESCO within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration, implemented with financial support from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).

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