PROGRAM FOR STRENGTHENING INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN MACEDONIA PROJECT: MEDIA LEGAL REFORM AND RESPONSIBLE MEDIA
Start date: November 19, 2012
End date: November 19, 2015
Project budget: $ 488,268
Implementer: Media Development Center (MDC)
The goal of the overall Program for SIMM is to increase the legitimacy of the media and strengthen freedom of expression by empowering journalists to reduce their vulnerability to political, economic and legal intimidation. The program has three projects:
Media Fact Checking Service
Investigative Journalism and Cooperation Between Media and Civil Society
Media Legal Reform and Responsible Media
The Project for Media Legal Reform and Responsible Media aims to encourage legal reforms leading to a sustainable media environment. The project will encourage full implementation of adopted laws and regulations related to the media in Macedonia. It addresses the quality of the laws, and provides tools for lobbying and advocating for legal changes in line with the accepted international standards for freedom of expression.
Regular monitoring and a reporting system for the implementation of the legal framework will be established. The legal framework will be amended to respond to international standards. The relevant laws and strategies will be implemented.
An association of new media, including bloggers, portals and social media, will be established. As new media are becoming key sources of information in society, this component will provide a platform for sustainable development of new media initiatives, focusing on transfer of knowledge and development of business models that will improve the sustainability of new media, involvement of citizens in the creation of the content, and promotion of digital activism.