Representatives of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia today met with the President of the Criminal Court in Skopje, Ivan Dzolev. On the meeting they discussed about improving the conditions of journalists reporting from court hearings and about the improvement of mutual cooperation.
The president of AJM Naser Selmani welcomed the new practice of President Dzolev in terms of transparency of the institution. “We suggested that the institutions hold regular briefings with journalists, because this increases the transparency of the institution and reduces the possibility of publishing unverified information,” Selmani said.
It was also discussed about specific court proceedings against journalists. Selmani asked judges to apply the practice of the European Court of Human Rights when deciding on cases against journalists.
Both sides expressed readiness to organize joint activities and training aimed to facilitate the access of journalists to the court and to improve the quality of reporting.
President of the Criminal Court Dzolev said that the Court is willing to cooperate with AJM in order to increase institution’s transparency and improve the access of journalists in court.