At the initiative of the representatives of the AJM camera operators section and the photo reporters, a meeting was held today with the Secretary-General of the Government, Mr Muhamed Zeqiri, which was also attended by representatives of AJM, SSNM and CMEM.
Inspired by the recent incidents during the visit of the Bulgarian delegation to the Government, where media workers did not have adequate working conditions, at the meeting discussed and presented the problems and challenges faced by camera operators and photo reporters at events organized by the Government. The camera operators and photo reporters emphasized that it is necessary to find a serious solution in the context of respecting the health protocols for media coverage of events held indoors.
As the problems with the reporting conditions are not isolated, it was requested to make a special protocol or rulebook through which the North Macedonian journalists’ teams will not be discriminated against in the future at the expense of foreign journalists or representatives of the Government Press Services. The Government in the future when there are such events for the media should provide appropriate conditions for their work.
It was stressed that all information from the Government and public institutions, whether in the form of text, photographs or video material, should be clearly marked as government material with a watermark. In this way, the public on the one hand will be aware and will distinguish what is the government information and what is media, and on the other hand, the media will not so easily copy information that is not theirs.
At the meeting, it was agreed to hold another meeting in the next period where the conclusions will be specified and the constructive proposals in the form of protocols will be implemented to avoid such unpleasant situations in the future.
These activities aim to improve the working conditions of media workers, which should ultimately contribute to free and more professional reporting.