Despite the declarations for guaranteeing editorial freedom,
policies stipulated by the law and the bylaws of the media
regulatory body prevent editorial freedom. Even though we do
not think that citing article 16 from the Constitution of the
Republic of Macedonia, which refers to the freedom of speech,
would be more than declarative, we still point out as
symptomatic its absence from the laws that refer to the media.
It is our great pleasure to present the publication “Nationless”
which came as a product from the collaborative initiative
between the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities –
Skopje, the organization Dam Dash- Belgrade and the
Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in
Thessaloniki which brought together around 100 artists,
theoreticians and activists in a series of exciting events in the
The state capture in Macedonia has been ongoing for years.
Under the guise of EU integration oriented reforms, since
2011 mechanisms of legalizing pretension toward absolute
rule of the executive branch have been established in
Macedonia. Along with Hungary and other post-communist
countries, Macedonia has been at the forefront of the rising
“illiberal democracies” in Europe.
We are presenting the study: ” Freedom of expression,
association and entrepreneurship in a captured state:
Macedonia in 2015.” This study is a segment from the
project “Analyses of the policies and laws that affect the
freedom of expression,” supported by USAID and FOSIM.
The Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
conducted a survey on public opinion from November-
December, 2015 for the purposes of the project “Civil
Society Organizations for Advocacy and Promotion of the
Right to Free Expression and Free Association” as part of
Civica Mobilitas’ project on supporting civil society.
The policy brief “TECHNOLOGY OF STATE CAPTURE
Overregulation in Macedonian Media and Academia”
analyzes the laws relating to the media and education in the
period between the years 1995 to 2014 and shows how the
legal mechanisms enacted by the government exert a direct
pressure on the media and academic freedom.
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