North Macedonia: AAAMS adopts Media Literacy Policy Paper

posted on 29 April, 2019   (public)

New Media Literacy Policy based on general and comprehensive concept for a sustainable approach taking into account recent changes in the media ecosystem

After having conducted a public hearing, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has adopted a Media Literacy Policy paper on 29 March 2019 as a result of its legal obligation to promote the development of media literacy. The document builds on the regulatory authority's 3-year Programme on Promoting Media Literacy, which expired at the end of last year.

The Policy was drafted by EAVI Secretary General Paolo Celot, within the framework of the project on “Enhancing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in Southeast Europe” (JUFREX), jointly supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The “Media Literacy Policy” aims to present a broad concept, sufficiently general and comprehensive to incorporate the recent trends and developments appearing in the field of media literacy, in response to the shift in media uses and habits.

This policy paper outlines the new, upgraded understanding of media literacy by European institutions, which implies not only a basic set of skills (technical, cognitive and participative), but also a number of more comprehensive personal stances and approaches that need to be developed.

This vision is structured into four different components:

  • Critical thinking as the core of media literacy: In order to fully understand a media message, the paper states that it is actually not enough for a person to just build rational capacity on how to analyse a media message, but it is necessary to apply qualitative thinking as a personal attitude and firm values ​​as reading keys.
  • Awareness of emotions: according to this concept, in order to become media literate it is necessary to develop a capacity for recognizing one's own feelings and to understand how these emotions influence our choices and, thus, learn how to develop better reflexes.
  • Digital wellness: the idea is to get technical skills in order to use technology safely and reliably in a way that serves the needs of the people (for entertainment, education and information), and not the other way around.
  • Full citizenship: it implies participation of the citizens in the media, which has a positive effect on the development of global society. It should be encouraged through the promotion of media pluralism, media freedom and quality journalism.

The ultimate goal of all these efforts is to empower all citizens and to help them learn how to live in this new media system and be able to make use of all the benefits of the media.

  • “Media Literacy Policy”, available in Macedonian (MK), Albanian (AL) and English (EN)

Source: The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services