RESIS published a new analysis detecting the still existing structural obstacles to the development of media freedom in North Macedonia: the market is fragmented, most media outlets are financially weak and unsustainable, the working status of journalists is still insecure and unstable, the public broadcaster does not have financial stability, autonomy and independence, and the access of local communities and vulnerable groups to the public sphere is imperiled. In addition, since social networks are the main source of information for most of the population, especially younger groups, people are greatly exposed to disinformation and hate speech.
RESIS Institute and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) continue with the implementation of the Communication Strategy 2020 - 2023 of the State Audit Office, whose main goal is to support the SAO Development Strategy 2018 – 2022, to open new channels of communication with the general public, media and civil society organizations, as well as to strengthen the impact of audit reports in terms of transparency and accountability of the state institutions.
The Network of Audience Councils, aims to encourage civil society organizations to act in a consolidated and a coordinated fashion to advance the communication rights vulnerable groups in the mediatised public sphere, ensuring their access to the media policy making processes and guaranteeing their adequate representation in the media.
The Network was initiated and strategically structured by the RESIS Institute earlier this year, after a lengthy research process which defined the problem and detected the communication needs of vulnerable communities in North Macedonia.
In the course of October and November 2020 the RESIS Institute provided methodological support to the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law for assessing and comparing civil society environments in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The RESIS Institute started an initiative for advancing the standards in media literacy research in our country. At the last conference of the Media Literacy Network, RESIS proposed Guidelines for Ethics in Media Literacy Research which was publicly discussed and approved by the members of the Network in November 2020.
The findings of the RESIS’ Study “Pluralism of media ownership in the new media environment” were presented at an online workshop with representatives of the regulatory body, broadcasters, operators of public communication networks and NGOs in the media field.
The three research studies presented by RESIS Institute on the Day of Civil Society Organisations are of fundamental importance for the development of media research in North Macedonia.
The media usage habits in today’s digital environment have an increasing impact on the advertising market. The advertising revenues of the traditional media are in a constant decline, while the revenues from online advertising are constantly and rapidly growing.
One of the findings of this study which analyses the gender aspects of children’s programs on national television broadcasts is that in the programs from an in-house production, the public service as well as private national televisions, is dominated by social values that are typical for a patriarchal social system.
Communication with the public and journalists is the pivotal element that is accomplished with the Communication strategy 2020-2023 for the State Audit Office – which at the end of last year was designed with a significant participation of RESIS Institute and Western Balkans Democracy Initiative.