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The delegation of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia composed of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov and the Minister in charge of Communications, Accountability and Transparency, Robert Popovski are paying a working visit today and tomorrow to London at the invitation of the UK Government.

 

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On the first day of the Conference for Media Freedom, the head of the government delegation, FM Dimitrov, addressed the panel “Media Freedom in the Western Balkans and New Ways of Working”, where along with the British Minister for Europe and America, Sir Allan Duncan and representatives of the media and the civil sector from the Western Balkans region he discussed the media-related challenges faced by the region.

Minister Dimitrov noted the changes and concrete measures implemented and introduced by the Government towards improving the media freedom through increased transparency and accountability towards the media and citizens, creating working conditions for the media in a free and competitive environment through open and critical debates and strengthened critical media reporting which has been properly acknowledged in both the EC’s Report and the State Department’s Human Rights Report.

Quoting the American diplomat, Adlai Stevenson: “Free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty”, FM Dimitrov underlined that the Government will continue to work responsibly in creating conditions for media freedom since the lion’s share of the responsibility lies with the government itself, but he also underlined the responsibility of the journalists and editorial councils to work in accordance with the professional and ethical standards.

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Tomorrow (Thursday, 11 June 2019), on the second day of the Conference, Minister Dimitrov will address the panel “What can Governments do to increase Media Sustainability?” He will also participate in plenary sessions and a working dinner organized by the co-hosts of the Conference, i.e. with the Foreign Ministers of the UK and Canada, Jeremy Hunt and Chrystia Freeland.

The Minister in charge of Communications, Accountability and Transparency, Robert Popovski, on the other hand, will give his address within the portion of the agenda dedicated to national statements and will also take part in the roundtable: “Media Freedom Campaign: Towards 2020 – Sustaining the Impact.”

The Global Conference for Media Freedom, as the first of its kind, is co-hosted by the United Kingdom and Canada and is held in London this year while next year it will be held in Canada.