Media Reform: Ohrid Agreement

ANNEX C

6.1. The parties invite the international community, including the OSCE, to increase its assistance for projects in the area of media in order to further strengthen radio, TV and print media, including Albanian language and multiethnic media. The parties also invite the international community to increase professional media training programs for members of communities not in the majority in Macedonia. The parties also invite the OSCE to continue its efforts on projects designed to improve inter-ethnic relations.

Implementation History

2001

No Implementation

According to the United States Department of State’s annual human rights report, the Macedonian government restricted ethnic Albanians access to media, intimidated media that was critical of the government; and government was bias in its support of media sector.  Ethnic Turks also faced discrimination in education and media access.1

2002

Intermediate Implementation

The United States Department of State’s  2002 annual human rights reported significant improvement in media sector, but there were cases against journalists for insulting former parliament speaker Stojan Andov. In this regard, court decided to fine, and imprison journalists. The court decisions were protested as attempts to intimidate journalists and effort to control media access.2

2003

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2008

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2009

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2010

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.