Representatives of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) on Saturday (06.11.2021) in Veles met with cameramen from local and regional media in the country.
The President of AJM addressed the meeting, which was organized in order to introduce the problems of fellow cameramen in the so-called “smaller” media, as well as to network in order to determine activities that can be useful for improving the situation and conditions in which the cameramen work. Mladen Chadikovski and the president of SSNM, Pavle Belovski.
The President of AJM, Chadikovski said that the activation of the cameraman section is of great importance because only through such contacts and networking can the problems they face be known.
“I think that the journalist-cameraman relationship should be specially nurtured and they are in an inseparable relationship, the problems of both social and professional nature are as common as they work,” Chadikovski said.
Belovski presented the activities of SSNM, as well as the benefits for the members that refer primarily to the defense of workers’ rights.
“This meeting is especially important because we came together to hear what challenges employees in the local and regional media face. “The socio-economic situation of media workers is very important for professional functioning and it can be improved only through joint action,” Belovski said.
Most of the meeting was dedicated to the cameramen who pointed out a series of challenges of socio-economic nature such as fixed-term contracts, low salaries, part-time engagements that do not provide security, but also problems of a professional nature such as disabling the performance of work tasks. terrain and more.
This meeting was the fifth in a series of meetings with journalists and media workers from the joint project of AJM and SSNM, entitled Safe Media Workers for Quality Journalism in Macedonia, supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy through the Media Freedom Program.