North Macedonia

North Macedonia

Impunity culture persists

2020 was an extraordinary year for North Macedonia. Parliament was dissolved, a provisional government took over and then snap parliamentary elections had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting state of emergency. The situation of the media worsened, senior government officials continued to threaten and insult media outlets, while cyber-harassment and verbal attacks against journalists increased on social media. All this served to reinforce the well-entrenched culture of impunity. At the same time, the pandemic complicated reporting. Organisations that represent the media strongly opposed the various proposed amendments to the state and privately-owned broadcast media law that would allow state advertising in the media. They opposed this on the grounds that it could encourage clientelism. The justice ministry is drafting a new penal code that should make journalists and media workers safer.

92
in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+3

95 in 2019

Global score

-0.38

31.66 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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