The Impact of the New Media Laws on the Freedom of Expression in Macedonia
AbstractAfter a long and tiring process of political bargaining, public debates and negotiations, the Law on Media, and the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services were passed in Parliament. Media experts, media organizations and critical media in Macedonia, insist that new regulations will further diminish freedom of media and freedom of expression in Macedonia. The main goal of the paper will be to measure the effects of the new laws, after six months of their introduction in the legal system. The activities of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and the Macedonian Radio and Television will be closely followed, mostly by examination of the minutes of their meetings, participation on meetings and depicting effects of their ruling. The ultimate goal will be to propose future recommendations for enhancement of the media sphere, and most precisely, the freedom of media and freedom of expression, in Macedonia.
 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Council of Europe, 1950
 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, United Nations, 1966
 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, European Union, 2000
 Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, Official Gazette of Republic of Macedonia No. 184/2013
 Monitoring of the Implementation of the New Media Legislation, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and the Macedonian Radio and Television, Media Development Centre, Skopje, 2014
 Monitoring of the Implementation of the Macedonian Media Legislation, the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services and the Macedonian Radio and Television, Media Development Centre, Skopje, 2014
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