As part of its programme on media monitoring and analysis “Media Mirror”, in the period January – February 2017, NGO Info-centre monitored 16 media outlets in terms of coverage and reporting on the topic “de-Sorosoization”. More specifically, this topic was first introduced by the end of 2016 and gained great media attention in the first two months of 2017.
This monitoring report aims to determine the extent and the manner in which media outlets covered by monitoring activities reported on this topic as part of their news programmes, i.e. electronic editions. In that, the subject of interest under this monitoring effort includes qualitative aspect of reports, approach, tone, framing and contextualization of contents published/aired.
More specifically, monitoring activities covered central news programmes of TV outlets: TV24, TV Telma, TV Sitel, MRT1, TV Alsat-M, TV Kanal 5, TV Alfa and TV21, daily newspapers: Sloboden pecat, Dnevnik and Vecer (including their websites, i.e. electronic editions) and news portals: A1on, Plusinfo, Republika, Kurir and NovaTV. Subject of monitoring were television news programmes and electronic media, including debate shows that were focused on the topic of “de-Sorosoization”.
Moreover, this report is based on findings from analysis of video stories aired in prime time news programmes, as well as journalistic articles published in newspapers and uploaded on relevant news portals. Selected materials were analysed in terms of contents and quality against contextual indicators, for the purpose of verifying and supplementing monitoring findings and results.
Monitoring and analysis of media coverage and reports is financially supported by the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM).
VMRO-DPMNE’s Manifesto on “De-Sorosoization” of the Macedonian Society
The term “de-Sorosoization” was first used by VMRO-DPMNE’s leader Nikola Gruevski at the rally organized in front of the State Election Commission (SEC) on 17th December 2016, all the while SEC members were reconsidering complaints lodged upon election irregularities at the early parliamentary elections held six days earlier. In his address to party supporters gathered, Gruevski announced “de-Sorosoization” as the fifth item of the so-called VMRO-DPMNE’s Manifesto: “We will fight for de-Sorosoization of Macedonia and for strengthening an independent civil sector that would not be controlled by anybody. [In that regard] actions will be taken to regulate financing of foundations and non-governmental organizations, following suit of the most advanced democracies in the world”.
Moreover, VMRO-DPMNE’s leader referred to “de-Sorosoization” also in his mega-interview for the news portal Republika, published on 3rd January 2017. Republika’s journalist conducting the said interview, whose name was not indicated in the article, in a rather friendly manner has reminded the former Prime Minister of their agreement to conduct “an interview about the activities of Soros in Macedonia”.
 Derivative noun coined from the last name of the founder of the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia, i.e. George Soros, and used to denote downsizing of the Foundation’s activities in Macedonia, which – in turn – implies its weakened position in the society.
 In addition to the term “de-Sorosoization”, TV outlets and electronic media used other derivative nouns as variations of the original: “de-Sorosization” and “de-Sorosovization”.