The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Union of Journalists and Media Workers (UJMW) held a meeting with the President of the Assembly of RNM, Talat Xhaferi, the General Secretary, Cvetanka Ivanova, and part of the Assembly’s staff.
During the meeting, the requests that the two organizations submitted to the Parliament last week, during the protest held on February 17, were reviewed and discussed.
A greater understanding and urgency were requested in implementing media laws that are important for media workers, as well as to urgently stop the negative trend of humiliating and aggressive speech by MPs and politicians towards journalists who are more and more often confronted during their work.
AJM and UJMW expressed concern regarding the application of the Code of Ethics for Members of Parliament, specifically non-compliance with Article 6, Chapter 3, where it is clearly written:
“The Member of Parliament must refrain from actions and speeches that can cause hatred, intolerance and violence on personal, ideological, religious, national, gender or racial grounds.”
That is why it was discussed about a more serious application of the existing code of ethics, which is in the process of being amended, by the Commission, where is necessary to accurately address the problematic elements in the behavior of some people’s representatives.
In addition to the Code, it was also discussed changing the Rules of Movement in the Assembly, which were last changed in 1992, where through joint development and exchange of experiences and recommendations, АЈМ and UJMW would take part as guild associations.
The meeting was attended by Mladen Chadikovski, Dragan Sekulovski, and Biljana Nasteska – Kalanoska from АЈМ and Pavle Belovski and Tamara Grncharoska from UJMW.