ZNM demands sanctions for the insolent government official who argued with the journalists

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Argument and improper attitude of administrative officials from the government protocol towards journalist teams, illogical rules that limit the entry of journalists and physically separate journalists from the cameramen from the scene of the event, ignorant attitude towards journalistic issues, selective issuing of accreditations to the media are some of the omissions and mistakes which the institutions do during today's celebration of the official commemoration in front of the grave of Gotse Delchev in the church "St. Spas" in Skopje, reacts ZNM.

- The event is still ongoing, which leaves the organizers with the opportunity to correct these mistakes and meet the journalists and videographers who are there, because it is their professional obligation to report on the needs of the citizens and satisfy the public interest. emphasizes ZNM.

The Association of Journalists demanded sanctions for the government officials who behaved rudely towards the media workers present today at the celebration in the Church of St. Salvation.

- Government sanction for the actions of the official is only the first step that should lead to a serious change in the attitude towards journalists and media workers. We point out that administrative officials do not have the authority to communicate with journalists in the field, and even brazenly order them where they should position themselves and how they should do their journalistic work. We are also asking for an explanation from the Prime Minister's office why journalists were banned from entering the building of "St. Salvation", responds ZNM.

The association warns that such arbitration decisions not only create bad practice for the organization of future events by the Government, but also disturb the journalistic community and limit the journalists present to have access to events that are of public interest.

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