Bearing in mind the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on all areas, here also including the audiovisual industry, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services granted financial aid to the television and radio stations, i.e. a donation to help cope with the consequences of this new reality, in the amount of nearly EUR 1,675,000.00.
All these measures are aimed at ensuring broadcasters’ smooth functioning and carrying out of their primary role and obligations towards the public: providing timely, objective and comprehensive information about the current situation, the prevention of the Coronavirus spread and the measures taken up by the competent institutions.
As regards the professional and safe performance of tasks in conditions of a pandemic, the Agency has recommended to the media outlets to abide by the Guidelines for Safe and Professional Reporting on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued by the Association of Journalists (ZNM) and the Council on Media Ethics of Macedonia (SEMM), which contain some practical instructions on both how to perform their job tasks professionally and on how to ensure the protection and safety of the media workers.
At the same time, the Agency has appealed to the media on several occasions to keep their professionalism and be very cautious when presenting information related to the Coronavirus outbreak.