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Gallovay: Many media attacks this year with no judicial solution

Globally, the situation with media freedom is declining which has only accelerated during the KOVID-19 pandemic. Journalists and media organizations around the world are facing restrictive laws and punitive legal measures. There has also been a significant decline in the security of environments that enable media professionals to do their job. This was stated by the British Ambassador to the country, Rachel Gallovay, on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, while she also mentioned the unresolved attacks and the importance of media freedom in Northern Macedonia.

“Journalists suffer from physical violence, verbal harassment and murder, often with impunity. A consequence of this threat is self-censorship, which is a direct obstacle to quality journalism. I am pleased that in Northern Macedonia, the media sphere has improved since 2017. The media climate is generally favorable for promoting freedom of expression and allows for critical reporting, but problems persist. Attacks, especially against female journalists, have increased. Since January, there have been 14 attacks on journalists – compared to only 4 in total in 2019. None of these have so far reached a judicial settlement. Independent and quality media are struggling to survive commercially and depend on international donors. “Self-regulation of the media and professional ethical journalism are essential in the fight against misinformation and false news, which are spread by online portals, most of them supported by external sources,” said Ambassador Gallovay.

These problems, she continued, are being reflected globally while the challenges cannot be ignored. For this reason, during the first Global Conference on Media Freedom held in London in 2019, the Ministerial Coalition for Freedom was formed. “It is a partnership of countries working together to advocate for media freedom and the safety of journalists and to hold those who harm journalists accountable for doing their job. The coalition includes the United Kingdom and Northern Macedonia, who have signed the Global Pledge of Media Freedom, a written commitment to improving domestic media freedom and working together internationally. “Now stronger for 37 countries, the Coalition is uniquely committed to addressing new and evolving threats to media freedom around the world,” she said, adding that the United Kingdom would stand together with Northern Macedonia during these unprecedented times to defend this fundamental pillar of democracy and free societies.

“The United Kingdom will stand with Northern Macedonia during these unprecedented times to defend this fundamental pillar of democracy and free societies. “We will continue to advocate for media freedom and the safety of journalists and hold accountable those who harm journalists.”

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