Last week, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia held a meeting with Slavica Grkovska, deputy of the Prime Minister of the RNM in charge of policies for good governance, where they discussed intensifying mutual cooperation, especially in the area of improving the transparency of institutions.
This is especially important considering the fact that journalists and institutions are accountable to the public for their work. For journalists to perform their work professionally, it is necessary for the institutions to cooperate with them to obtain quick and timely information that will eventually be presented to the citizens.
According to the information available to the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the biggest problem faced by fellow journalists is insufficient transparency at the local level. Still, the practice is similar in individual institutions that are part of the central government.
Creation of a public register with warnings for officials who violated the code of ethics, and practice of regular monthly briefings with journalists are specific activities that can be useful for the work of the media, Dragan Sekulovski, director of AJM, pointed out.
Among other things, one of the points discussed is the organization of a public event in September where there will be representatives from both sides, where the problems with the non-transparency of certain municipalities and institutions will be highlighted and potential improvements will be discussed.