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Monday, November 20, 2017, 

OSCE Desir advocates stable financing, editorial independence for public broadcasting service

OSCE Desir advocates stable financing, editorial independence for public broadcasting service

Skopje, 14 November 2017 (MIA) - OSCE hails the Macedonian government's decision to put an end to the mechanism of the former cabinet to spend budget funds for advertising in private media. The government should finance the public broadcasting service and seeks for instruments to support the private media, especially printed ones, OSCE Representative on Media Freedom Harlem Desir said Tuesday after a meeting with Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski.

The new law should push out subsidies used in the past to control media and enable free working room to the regulatory agency and media, Desir said.

Ensuring stabile financing of the public broadcasting service along with advancing the quality and professionalism of its four channels in several languages is rather significant, Desir said.

'We should take care for the public broadcasting service to preserve its and the independence of the editorial policy and journalists,' Desir said.

Desir, who is paying a two-day visit to Macedonia, will also meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, MPs and media representatives. lk/18:00

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