Media Literacy Network of the Republic of Macedonia Launched

Скопје, 27.04.2017г.Skopje, 27.04.2017 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services launched, today, at a solemn event, the Media Literacy Network of the Republic of Macedonia, aimed at promoting cooperation among various stakeholders in the Macedonian society that create and implement policies and carry out activities and projects in the media literacy sphere.

za-na-webThe Network consists of 35 founders – educational institutions, citizen organizations, media outlets and state institutions, including two Ministries, i.e. the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The Network is open to new members that can join in by signing and depositing an Application.

Speaking about the reasons for establishing this Network, the Agency Director, Mr. Zoran Trajchevski, stated that, looking into the previous initiatives, it had been concluded that the entities involved had often mentioned the need to intensify cooperation so as to achieve better results, sustainability of the already-implemented projects and continuity of the activities.

The Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Samuel Zbogar, expressed support to the formation of the Network, pointing out that media literacy is of particular importance for sound democracy and media freedoms and pluralism, and that media literacy is intertwined with the development of critical thinking of the citizens and their ability to be up to date with the technological and other changes in society.

The obligations of all stakeholders that have joined the network are defined in a special Act on the formation of the Network. Information about the relevant news and activities will be published in quarterly bulletins that will be distributed electronically, and via a website dedicated to media literacy, as well as through the social networks. The Network will strive to be active internationally as well, and, whenever possible, related news will be published in the editions of some European and international organizations

Announced at this event was the first project of the Network, which is already under way and involves the preparation of a DVD along with materials and information on media literacy, intended for the elementary schools around the Republic of Macedonia. The materials and the DVD have been provided by a number of members of the Network, and they will be disseminated to the schools once consent is ensured from the Bureau for the Development of Education and the Ministry of Education. In the meantime, the Agency has printed a leaflet with information about media literacy, which will be distributed along with the DVD, and will be disseminated to the broader public as part of the Agency’s activities aimed at raising citizens’ awareness about the importance of media literacy.

New members

As of 31 january 2020, the Media Literacy has a new member the Institute for Good Governance and Euro-Atlantic Perspectives – Skopje

As of 18 December 2019, the Media Literacy has a new member the Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women.
As of 13 December 2019, the Media Literacy  has a new member the “Progress” Association for the Protection and Education of Roma Children and Youth

As of 11 December 2019, the Media Literacy  has a new member the TV KANAL VIS from Strumica

As of 18 November 2019the Media Literacy  has a new member the MCIC Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – Skopje

As of 30 October 2019the Media Literacy  has a new member the Security Program of the Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance “IMPETUS”

As of 22 October 2019the Media Literacy  has a new member the Skopje First School “Josip Broz Tito”

As of 3 October 2019the Media Literacy Network has a new member the  portal MKD.mk 

As of 6 September 2019,  the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the Macedonian Radio and Television

As of 5 September 2019, the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the Value of European Knowledge  (VEZ)

On 19 July 2019, the Network received the AEK

On 07 June 2019, the Network received the Media Plus.

On 07 June 2019, the Network received the Kanal 77.

On 27 February 2019, the Network received the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research

On 25 December 2018, the Network received the “Youth Educational Forum” Citizens’ Association as its member

On 17 December 2018, the Media Literacy Network was joined by a new member – the “Give Us Wings – Skopje” Citizen Association of Persons with Dysfunctions, Disabilities, Rare Diseases and Special Needs

On 17 December 2018, the Media Literacy Network was joined by a new member – the Parents of Children with Special Needs Resource Centre

As of 17 december 2018, the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the OHRID INSTITUTE for Ecominc Strategies and International Afairs

As of 14 december 2018, the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the TRD 1 TV DOOEL

As of 10 december 2018, the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the Diversity Media Production, Skopje 

As of 2 November 2018, the Media Literacy Network has a new member – the GANIMED Association for Citizen Education and Civil Society, from Bitola. 

Due to the withdrawal of Radio Slobodna Makedonija’s broadcasting license in July 2018, the latter’s membership in the Media Literacy Network has been terminated.

On 14 June 2018, the RESIS Institute for Social Development Research became member of the Media Literacy Network.

The “FORUM 16” Association for Civil Activism from Bitola became member of the Network on 12 June 2018

The “Dostoinstven Rabotnik” Association for Promoting and Protecting Workers’ Rights from Prilep became member of the Network on 4 June 2018

On January 25, 2018, the Association for Educational Development- Ekvalis became member of the Network

On October 26, 2017, the Media Literacy Network of the Republic of Macedonia got a new member – the Association for Volunteerism Volunteers Center Skopje, that publishes the Youth Magazine “Voices”