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Outgoing OSCE Ambassador Suomalainen Interview
Monday, 16 April 2018 09:30

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The media freedom environment in Macedonia has slowly started to improve, but many critical issues still exist, outgoing Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje Nina Suomalainen says in an interview with MIA. This improvement, she says, was reflected in the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission report on the municipal elections, which indicated, among other things, that the media provided balanced coverage of the contestants. “However, many critical issues still exist. The Public Service broadcaster, MRT, faces challenges, including staffing issues, for example in the newsrooms of the smaller non-majority communities. Another important issue that needs to be addressed is impunity for crimes against journalists. Fully aware of the need to improve the safety of journalists, our Mission has joined forces with the Association of Journalists and the Interior Ministry. We will work together to improve the safety of journalists and put an end to impunity for crimes against journalists,” Suomalainen says.

(Kanal 5; Sitel; Telma; Alfa; MTV1; MTV2; Alsat; TV21; MIA; Makfax) 

 
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