Здружение на новинарите на Mакедонија
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Основано 1946

Statutе

STATUTE

of

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia

Preamble

In order to promote the activities of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia in the context of adjustment to the requirements for a more efficient and appropriate representation of the members’ interests and to promote the social and legal environment for working and development of the profession of journalism, this Statute regulates the basic and specific principles of the organisation, the activities, presentation and representation of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia in accordance with positive law.

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia is a citizens’ association established through free association of the journalists in the Republic of Macedonia aiming at pursuing of professional interests concerning protection of law and freedom of the profession, public information and strengthening of professional independence and ethics.

Article 2

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall operate on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia and it shall be an independent, autonomous, non-governmental, non-party and non-profit association of voluntarily associated journalists that act on or from the Republic of Macedonia’s territory.

Article 3

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall pursue its objectives, tasks and activities in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Macedonia as well as with the Statute of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 4

The full name of the Association in English, written in the Latin alphabet shall be: Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The short name shall be ZNM.

The headquarters of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia is based in Skopje.

Article 5

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall act as a legal entity.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall have its own seal and stamp.

The seal shall be round and embossed with the text: Association of Journalists of Macedonia – Skopje. The emblem of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be embossed in the middle.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall have a rectangular stamp containing the text of the name and emblem of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall have its own emblem.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall keep a public register of its members that shall be updated constantly.

Article 6

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be presented and represented by its President.

Article 7

The work of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be public.

The public character of the work shall be provided through regular notification of the members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia inspection of application of programme tasks, submission of reports on the work of the organs and bodies of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia as well as reports on the material and financial operations.

The public character of the work shall also be provided and applied through public information, as well as submission of materials at encounters and meetings through the existing organs and bodies of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, e-mail communication with the membership and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s web site.

  1. OBJECTIVES

Article 8

The general objective and task of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be acting through all allowed forms in the context of promotion of the social and legal environment for development and existence of journalism and the profession of journalism.

The specific objectives and tasks of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be:

  1. To defend media freedom;
  2. To fight abuse of the media, creation of monopolies and any forms of censorship;
  3. To protect journalists from abuse by media owners;
  4. To protect the reputation and dignity of the journalists and the profession of journalism;
  5. To protect and encourage freedom of critical and creative spirit;
  6. To advance professional and ethical standards;
  7. To advance the journalists’ social and material status;
  8. To represent the members and present them to the social community, to actively participate in the preparation of legal regulations and international conventions in the interest of the profession and to defend professional interests in accordance with the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;
  9. To provide legal aid to the members of the Association.

 

Article 9

The AJM shall also pursue the protection of freedom, rights and interests of the journalists through:

  1. A public protest;
  2. Informing of domestic and international organisations, institutions and media;
  3. Information boycott;
  4. Information silence;
  5. Issuing a protest call;

 

Assembly

Article 10

The objectives of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be pursued through:

  • Cooperation with trade unions covering the journalists in Macedonia;
  • Cooperation with civil organizations and public institutions with purpose of development of information in the country and abroad;
  • Cooperation and membership in international journalists’ associations and journalists’ trade unions, as well as with journalists’ association of certain countries;
  • Provision of legal aid for protection of the professional and material status and dignity of the journalist, their independence and right to individual expression;
  • Provision of funds for social and material assistance to the journalists that can be used upon an act of the Management Board of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Development of cooperation and professional and collegial solidarity among the journalists and media;
  • Organisation of expert and scientific gatherings and encouragement of professional education.

 

III. MEMBERSHIP, RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Article 11

Journalists in the Republic of Macedonia that fulfil the membership conditions in accordance with the Statute and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s acts can be a member of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia has regular, honorary and accession members.

Article 12

Journalists that have at least one year’s profession of journalism experience can become a regular member.

Accession members can be persons employed by public services, civil organizations, publicists and other persons that periodically perform journalism work.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall also admit honorary members by a majority vote of the Management Board members. Foreign nationals can be honorary members as well.

Article 13

Both regular and accession memberships shall be set up on the basis of a voluntary signed written statement-application and issuing of a membership card.

The decision on admission of members by a majority vote is made by the Management Board of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia upon a written proposal of the Membership Commission and an organisation that shall give an opinion on the membership proposal. The Management Board’s decision can be appealed before the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 14

In the event that a regular member of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia ceases to fulfill the membership conditions from Article 12 paragraph 1, but still fulfills the conditions for accession member from paragraph 2, automatically becomes accession member, except it is in conflict with the journalist profession.

Article 15

Retired journalists shall retain the status as regular members.

Provided a regular member of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia becomes unemployed, they shall retain their status as a regular member as long as they are unemployed.

Journalists that have been regular members for 20 years but stopped performing journalism work can remain with the Association of Journalists of Macedonia in the capacity of accession members.

Macedonian citizens residing abroad on a temporary or permanent basis and perform professional journalism work, as well as Macedonian citizens who reside in Macedonia on a permanent and work for foreign media can become regular members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 16

The defining of the conditions and method of membership, membership categories, rights and obligations deriving from the membership, transfers from one to another membership type, membership fee and the manner of termination of membership, as well as other conditions that could result in change of the member’s status shall be regulated through a special Rulebook on Membership and Membership Fees.

Article 17

The term ‘journalism’ in this Statute and the acts of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, implies:

– Published written, spoken, graphical or on line articles: report, news, commentary (note or review, social chronicle, article, write-up), critique, cartoon, essay, interview, coverage, travel, short descriptions, as well as titles, announcements and editing;

– Organisation and editing of texts;

– Editing affairs within the editorial boards of the print and electronic media and news agencies, as well as the internet portals;

– Informing through photography, electronic image, film and cartoon published by professional photo reporters, camerapersons and cartoonists, provided those are their main occupations;

Article 18

The rights of the regular members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be:

  • To elect or be elected by the bodies and organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • To express opinions and stands on the work of the bodies and organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • To own a membership card of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ);
  • To use the legal protection provided by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • To use the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s funds in accordance with the acts of those funds;
  • To use the benefits provided by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and the International Federation of Journalists;
  • To use the expert assistance provided by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Accession members shall be entitled to express opinions about the work of the bodies and organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia at the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, use the legal aid for journalism work and own an Association of Journalists of Macedonia membership card. Accession members shall not be entitled to decide on the Statute of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia or vote for election to the bodies and organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, as well as to elect or be elected. Their accession status shall be noted in the membership card of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Honorary members shall be entitled to monitor the work of the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia but they shall not be entitled to have representatives in the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and take part in the decision-making process. Their honorary member status shall be noted in the membership card of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 19

The obligations of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia member shall be:

  • To perform their professional duty conscientiously, observing the Statute of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the decisions of its bodies and organs and the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Pay their membership fee on a regular basis;
  • Observe the obligations deriving from the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s membership in the International Federation of Journalists and other international associations.

Article 20

The membership in the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be terminated on the basis of:

  • Voluntary leaving of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and returning of the membership card;
  • Non-payment of the membership fee;
  • Non-fulfilment of obligations anticipated by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia membership;
  • Loss of a capacity to contract or in the event that an effective criminal sentence for committed act exists, which makes the journalist ineligible for a membership in the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The member shall be exempt from paying of membership fees provided there are justified reasons, a decision that shall be made at a procedure launched by the Membership Commission.

The decision on termination of membership in the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be made by a majority vote of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Management Board in accordance with its own proposal, a proposal of the Regional Centre or the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Council of Honour. The Management Board’s decision can be appealed before the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The termination of membership in the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall not imply exemption from arrears towards the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

 

  1. FUNDING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS OF MACEDONIA

Article 21

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia generates funds through:

  • Membership fees;
  • Donations;
  • Legal entities founded by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Projects and grants;
  • Public authorisations;
  • Own sources;
  • Other services and sources allowed by positive law;

Article 22

The use and management of the funds of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be carried out in a manner determined by the Statute.

 

  1. ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS IN MACEDONIA MANAGEMENT

Article 23

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be managed directly by its members and through their elected representatives in the organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 24

The bodies of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be:

  • The Assembly;
  • The Management Board;
  • The President;
  • The Supervisory Board;
  • The Council of Honour;
  • The working groups and other bodies founded by the organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia within the frameworks of their competences, which can act as permanent and temporary.

Article 25

The rights and obligations of the elected members of the Organs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be:

  • To apply the this Statute’s provisions;
  • To represent the interests and stands of the members;
  • To contribute to the development of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Propose and solve issues of common interest;
  • To work on carrying out of common and other activities deriving from the Statute;

 

V.1. ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS OF MACEDONIA

Article 26

The Assembly shall be the Association’s most senior management body.

Article 27

The Assembly shall consist of all regular members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 28

The Assembly shall work at sessions in accordance with the Statute and Rulebook on the Work of the Assembly, which further defines the conditions, manners, necessary majority and the convening, working and decision-making procedures of the Assembly and election of persons, organs and bodies under its competence.

The Rulebook shall be prepared and proposed by the Management Board and it shall be adopted by the Assembly.

Article 29

The Assembly shall be convened through a call to the membership.

Article 30

The Assembly can be convened as:

– A regular election assembly

– A regular non-election assembly

– A special election assembly

– A special non-election assembly

The regular election assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be convened once in four years for election of a President, members of the Management Board, Council of Honour and Supervisory Board.

The regular non-election assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be convened at least once a year.

The special election or non-election assembly shall be convened according to requirements.

Article 31

The quorum necessary for the work of the Regular and Special election assembly and adoption of valid decisions shall be secured through presence of at least 15 % of the total number of members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The quorum necessary for the work of the Regular and Special non-election assembly and adoption of valid decisions shall be secured through presence of at least 15 % of the total number of members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

Article 32

The Assembly shall make its decisions through a voting process.

The voting shall be public, except for the procedure for election of President, members of the Management Board, Council of Honour and Supervisory Board.

The Assembly can decide, except for the decisions from paragraph 2 of this Article, to subject other decisions, to a secret voting procedure.

The decision on secret voting from paragraph 3 of this Article shall be made through a public voting procedure.

Article 33

The decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the persons that are present, provided the Rulebook on the Work of the Assembly does not anticipate differently.

The decision on termination of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be made through a two-thirds majority vote of the total number of regular members.

Article 34

The nominations and election of the President of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the members of the Management Board and the Council of Honour and the Supervisory Board shall be carried out in special nomination and voting procedures determined by the appropriate special rulebooks and the Rulebook on the work of the Assembly.

The President of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be elected with majority of the present member’s votes.

The Presidents of the Council of Honour and the Supervisory Board shall be elected from the ranks of their members in a procedure and manner determined by the Rulebook on Election and Work of the Council of Honour and Rulebook on Election and Work of the Supervisory Board, respectively.

 

Selected candidate for member of the Management Board, Supervisory Board and Council of Honour is the person with the most votes by the present members of the Election Assembly

Article 35

In order to strike a balance between the elected organs and bodies within the Association, the nomination and selection of members of organs and bodies shall pay special attention to the proper ethnic, gender and regional representation of the candidates and members elected in the organs and the bodies.

Article 36

The Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall:

  • Adopt a Statute of the Association and carry out its modifications and amendments;
  • Elect and dismiss a President of the Association, members of the Management Board, members of the Supervisory Board and the Council of Honour;
  • Adopt a Rulebook on Work, rulebooks and other acts;
  • Adopt a Three-year Work Strategy;
  • Adopt a Financial Plan, decision on management of funds and their transfer and adopts an audit of the Association’s financial operations;
  • Review and adopt the report of the Management Board, President, Supervisory Board, and the Council of Honour;
  • Adopt acts, decisions, conclusions and recommendations for solving issues deriving from the Association’s work;
  • Institute awards, certificates of merit and adopt acts containing criteria and procedure for their presentation upon a proposal of the Management Board;
  • Adopt a decision on termination of the Association by a two-thirds majority vote of all members;
  • Decide on appeals;
  • Decide on other issues in the interest of the Association;
  • Have at its disposal permanent material goods in a manner and procedure anticipated by a special act.

Article 37

A Regular election and non-election or a Special election or non-election Assembly shall be convened by the President of the Association.

A Regular election and non-election or a Special election or non-election Assembly shall also be convened:

– Upon a proposal by minimum two thirds of the members of the Management Board of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;

– Upon a written proposal by minimum two thirds of the members of the Supervisory Board of the Association;

Provided one third of the members of the Association issue a written proposal for convening of a Regular or Election Assembly, the President of the Association shall be obliged to convene a Regular or Election Assembly within 15 days since the issuance of the proposal, while the Assembly shall be held within 60 days after the submission of the initiative.

Provided the President does not convene a session within 15 days after the proposal is issued, the session shall be convened by the Management Board through a call with the support of at least two thirds of its members.

V.2. MANAGEMENT BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS

Article 38

The Management Board shall consist of 11 members. It shall be consisted of the President of the Association and ten members elected by the Assembly through a secret voting procedure.

The Management Board members shall have a four-year term, with the possibility for re-election.

The term shall be indivisible. In the event of early termination of a Management Board membership of a certain member, the new Management Board member shall complete their term.

The Management Board can work validly provided the number of its members is not lower than seven, when it shall be considered that the Management Board has dissolved.

The President of the Association shall also be the President of the Management Board.

The Management Board shall authorise a deputy of the President of the Management Board from the ranks of its own membership that shall replace the President of the Management Board in the event of absence or temporary disability.

Article 39

The Management Board shall be accountable for its work before the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The Management Board shall hold meetings according to requirements, at least four times a year.

The Management Board’s session shall be convened by the President of the Association or, provided they are absent, the authorized deputy president.

The manner of the work and decision-making of the Management Board shall be regulated by the Rulebook on Election and Work of the Management Board.

Article 40

The Management Board shall:

  • Implement the statutory and programme tasks of the Association, as well as the Assembly’s decisions and conclusions;
  • Adopt an Annual Work Programme;
  • Propose modifications and amendments to the Statute;
  • Convene a session of the Association’s Assembly in accordance with the Statute;
  • Prepare and submit to the Parliament a Financial Plan and an Annual Balance Sheet of the Association as well as an Auditor’s Report;
  • Adopt rulebooks and decisions on acceptance of accords;
  • Adopt a decision on the amount of the membership fee;
  • Adopts decisions on establishing of legal entities in accordance with the law;
  • Elect, appoint and dismiss an Executive Director of the Association through a public competition by a majority votes of the Management Board members;
  • Adopt decisions on admission and termination of membership in the Association upon a proposal of the Membership Commission;
  • Adopt decisions on establishing of constant and temporary working bodies and direct their work;
  • Adopt decisions on procurement and transfer of basic funds for work of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, printing of reference literature and other needs;
  • Appoint Coordinators of the Regional Centres of the Association from at least two candidates who shall have a four-year term upon a proposal of the regular members of the Association. In the event that the Association’s Programme is not applied and/or the Statute and/or Code of the Association are not observed, the Management Board can dismiss an appointed coordinator before his term expires through majority of votes of its members;
  • Establish an expert office of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and adopt a Rulebook on the Work of the Expert Office upon a proposal of the Executive Director;
  • Carry out the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s international cooperation;
  • Adopt additional other decisions deriving from its current operations.

Article 41

The Management Board shall establish the following permanent working bodies:

  • A Membership Commission;
  • A Legal Affairs Commission;

The Commissions shall consist of three to five members and the Management Board shall decide on their draft-decisions.

V.3. PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS

Article 42

A person that has fulfilled all obligations with the Association and has at least 8 years of experience can be elected as President of the Association.

The President of the Association shall have a four-year term with the possibility for re-election.

The President of the Association shall:

  • Present and represent the Associations;
  • Convene and chair the Management Board sessions;
  • Apply the decisions of the Assembly of the Association and the Management Board;
  • Sign the acts adopted by the Assembly, the Management Board as well as the other acts made by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Declare the awards and certificates of merit of the Association;
  • Sign the Association’s accounts;
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the Assembly and the Management Board in accordance with the Statute and other general acts and obligations taken by the Association.

In case of permanent obstruction or a procedure for replacement of the President is in progress, a Special Assembly is convened within 60 days.

 

V.4. ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS OF MACEDONIA SUPERVISORY BOARD

Article 43

The Supervisory Board shall consist of five members elected by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Assembly from the ranks of the Association;

The Supervisory Board members shall elect the Supervisory Board President from their ranks.

The members of the Supervisory Board shall have a four-year term, without the possibility for re-election;

The term shall be indivisible. In the event of early termination of a Supervisory Board membership of a certain member, the new Supervisory Board member that would replace them shall complete their tenure.

The Supervisory Board can work validly provided the number of its members is not lower than three, when it shall be considered that the Supervisory has dissolved.

Article 44

The Supervisory Board shall:

  • Control the implementation of the Statute and other general acts of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Control the material-financial operations of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Control the earmarked disposing of funds and incomes of the Association;
  • Submit a report on its findings and decisions to the Assembly of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia at least once a year;

 

V.5. COUNCIL OF HONOUR

Article 45

The Council of Honour shall be an organ of the Association of Journalists.

The Council of Honour shall consist of five members elected by the Assembly of the Association from the ranks of the regular members of the Association.

Its working quorum shall be three members.

The members of the Council of Honour shall elect the Council President from their ranks.

The members of the Council of Honour Board shall have a four-year term, with the possibility for re-election;

The term shall be indivisible. In the event of early termination of a Council of Honour membership of a certain member, the new Council of Honour member shall complete their term.

The Council of Honour shall submit an annual report on its work to the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Assembly.

The current operational organisation and working shall be regulated by acts proposed by the Concil of Honour to the Management board and adopted by the Assembly.

 

Article 46

The Council of Honour shall:

Monitor the application of principles and provisions of the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;

Review cases and launch procedures concerning members of the Association;

React independently and publicly and issue value opinions/judgments in case of violation of the principles and provisions of the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;

Independently initiate or propose a debate in the other bodies of the Association on the events in public information violating the principles and provisions of the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;

Launch initiatives to the Management Board of the Association for modification of legal provisions or by-laws that disable or violate the principles or provisions of the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;

Hire independent experts and consultants for the needs of its operations;

  1. EXPERT OFFICE

Article 47

The Expert Office shall consist of the Executive Director and the other staff.

The Executive Director shall choose the staff on the basis of principles of efficiency, competency, integrity and disposable resources.

The organisation and work of the expert service shall be regulated by acts adopted by the Management Board upon a proposal by the Executive Director.

Article 48

The Expert Office’s scope of work shall include performing of the professional, organisational and administrative affairs of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, service the organs of the Association and administrate the policy and programmes approved by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The Expert Office shall:

  • Monitor and analyse the professional and social trends from the area of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia’s work;
  • Prepare the sessions of the Assembly and the Management Board of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Update the Association’s Membership Register regularly, at least once a year;
  • Run and coordinate the Association’s planned activities determined by the annual and financial work plan;
  • Prepare the mid-term and annual work plan and financial plan;
  • Run the financial funds for securing of highest level of refund, mobilise new funds, negotiate and propose the President making of agreements with donors and other financiers and reports to the Management Board;
  • Perform office affairs, keep transcripts, run and keep the archives and perform accounting;
  • File work and financial reports;
  • Prepare documentation and be in charge of application, analysis and evaluation of the programme activities;
  • Hire independent expert assistance for the Association’s needs;
  • Be in charge of PR activities;

VII. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Article 49

The Executive Director shall be professionally employed by the Association;

The Executive Director shall be accountable for their work before the Management Board of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The President of the Association shall have a four-year term with the possibility for re-election.

Article 50

The Executive Director shall be the main administrative official of the Association.

They shall participate in the work of the Assembly and the Management Board without the right to vote.

The Executive Director shall run and manage the working process of the Association’s Expert Office and plan, organise and apply its operations.

The Executive Director shall be the signatory of the Association’s accounts, with a limitation determined by the Management Board;

The rights and obligations, as well as the work description of the Executive Director shall be determined by a managerial contract prepared by the Management Board and an agreement that the Executive Director shall sign with the President.

The Executive Director shall, primarily and particularly:

  • Monitor and analyse the situations and problems in the activities of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Communicate and cooperate with other related domestic and international organisations and institutions;
  • Be in charge of the Association’s strategic planning and propose periodical and annual programmes and plans for work and financial plans to the Management Board;
  • Be responsible for carrying out of the programme and work plan, as well as the financial plan;
  • Submit periodical and annual work reports, as well as a financial report to the parliament via the Management Board;
  • Prepare the acts for organisation and work of the Expert Office and establish and evaluate the indicators of the job achievements of the Expert Office;
  • Perform other actions within their competence entrusted by the Management Board and the Assembly in accordance with the law, Statute and the Association’s general acts.

VIII. REGIONAL CENTRES AND SECTIONS

Article 51

The Association’s Regional Centres are a form of territorial organisation of the members aiming at more efficient actions of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The Regional Centres are organised based on their functionality and territory.

The Regional Centres are formed upon a decision of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Management Board.

The organisation and work of the Regional Centres shall be regulated by acts adopted by the Association’s Management Board.

Article 52

The Regional Centre shall;

  • Carry out the activities of the Association on a regional level in accordance with the objectives of the Association determined by this Statute, the annual programme orientations and the principles and provisions of the Code of Journalists of Macedonia;
  • Initiate procedures before the Council of Honour regarding its scope of work;
  • Submit periodical reports before the Association’s Management Board regarding the activities and financial funds allocated for the Regional Centre’s work;
  • Be in charge of representation of the professional interests and rights of its members in the Association.

Article 53

In order to improve the coordination and professional representation of the interests and rights of specialised groups of journalists, as well as to exchange experience and launch collective actions in areas of its own professional specialisation, Sections can be established within the Association.

A statutory decision for establishing of a Section shall be adopted by the Management Board of the Association upon an initiative by at least ten regular members of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The organisation and work of the Section shall be regulated by acts adopted by the Association’s Management Board upon a proposal by the Section via the Association of Journalists of Macedonia Executive Director.

The Section shall propose activities and initiative before the Management Board and Council of Honour of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

  1. AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES OF MERIT

Article 54

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall present the following awards and certificates of merit:

The ‘Krste Misirkov’ award shall be presented for Lifetime achievement

The ‘Jashar Erebara’ award shall be presented for one-year investigative achievement in Journalism

Special certificates of merit for journalists working for media in the diaspora.

Special certificates of merit for individuals and institutions helping the work of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

By exception AJM can skip presenting or present other awards and certificates of merit.

 

  1. TERMINATION OF THE WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 55

The work of the Association of Journalists shall be terminated:

– Provided at least two-thirds of its members reach a decision for termination at a Regular or Special convened Assembly;

– Provided the number of members reaches below the one determined for establishing of the Association;

-Provided conditions anticipated by a law or other regulation concerning the work and existence of the Association emerge.

Article 56

Following the legal termination of the work of the Association, the property and other rights and incomes that remain, after the obligations are settled, shall be transferred to an ownership by a legitimate legal heir. On the contrary, the property shall remain in the ownership of the state.

XI TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 57

In accordance with the statute, the priority rulebooks under the Assembly’s competence that shall further define the work of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia shall be:

– Rulebook on Membership and Membership Fees;

– Rulebook on Election and Work of the Management Board;

– Rulebook on Election and Work of the Supervisory Board;

– Rulebook on Work of the Assembly;

– Rulebook on Election and Work of the President of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia;

– Rulebook on Election and Work of the Council of Honour;

– Rulebook on Election and Work of the Verification Commission

In accordance with this Statute, the following rulebooks that shall further define the work of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, whose adoption shall be delegated to the Management Board, shall be:

– Rulebook on Establishing and Working of Sections, Working Groups and Other Bodies;

– Rulebook on Working of Regional Centres;

– The Management Board is obliged to prepare and adopt the Rulebooks from paragraph 2 of this Article within 30 days after it is established.

 

Article 58

The modifications and amendments to the Statute are carried out by the Assembly on the proposition of the Management Board which shall come into force on the time of their adoption.

The Assembly of the Association of journalists shall interpret the provisions of this Statute authentically.

The Management Board shall interpret the Statute’s provisions between two assemblies.