The analysis noted continuing decrease of media popularity of current Government’s moves in the ongoing political processes. The Government of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition partners don’t have nearly the same media support provided to the “For Better Macedonia” coalition immediately before and after the Parliamentary Elections in July of this year.
Some media are inclined to criticize and evaluate negatively the changes and draft-legislatio nof the new government, including the personnel changes in the state institutions. The other media, again, added to this list of reasons the intensified tentions in the interethnic relations. This situation, say the critics, slow down Macedonian integration into the EU.To augment their criticism, the media use statements by members of the European diplomatic corps.
The most pessimistic prognosis and the lowest grades are presented by the media totally dominated by criticism of the Government. In such cases, the new Government’s approach to interethnic relations is seen as factor for destabilisation of the country and fact of political revanchisme that will take Macedonia back to where it was in 2001.
This “Media Mirror” report for September 2006, intents to present a clear picture of the professional standards and information criteria of the media, and the manner in which they cover and interpret the key social and political processes and events.
The monitoring includes six daily newspapers and six national TV broadcasters: “Spic”, “Vecer”, “Vreme”, “Dnevnik”, “Untrinski vesnik”, “Fakti”, TV “A1”, TV “Kanal 5”, “MTV 1″, “MTV 2″, TV “Sitel” and TV “Telma”. The selection of the monitored media was conducted on the basis of the evaluation of the influence they have, or could have, on the general public in the Republic of Macedonia.