The oldest school in Macedonia has no school gym

For one meter less they cannot build a school gym, they lack “only two classrooms” to save electricity and heating, they need “just a new roof” so as not to destroy the renovated school. These are the most common problems faced by primary schools in Skopje to boast they can have classes in normal conditions.   Inbox 7 team toured several schools in Skopje to see if they meet...

Traffic fines highest in Macedonia

Macedonian citizens are again faced with increased penalties. The government is drafting amendments to the Law on Road Safety which provides reinforcement of penal policy. Inbox 7 surveyed how it is in other countries and what penalties are paid by citizens. We decided to analyze the most common traffic violations in countries in the region and the European Union. Penal policy in Macedonia is studied by Zoran Popovski, presidential...

Foreign media not interested in Macedonian TV stations

Ownership structure in the Macedonian media is problematic. Currently there is no media in this country that is on commercial basis. Formerly it was A1, say experts in the country. For Stole Naumov, journalist and former member of the Broadcasting Council, the ownership structure of the media is unfavorable. “There should be transparent media ownership. Not everyone who wishes, to have its own media. The situation is similar with...

Lots of TV stations, empty TV screens

Political establishment and their trends for total control over the media for realization of greater political influence are the main culprits for continued destruction of television industry in Macedonia, believe television business experts in the country. “Not to agree with Sitel and A1, in 2004 SDSM government let three other TV stations to broadcast a signal on the whole territory, Kanal 5, Telma and Alsat M. When VMRO came...

Pollution does not stop, every year 4,500 new cancer cases!

Middle-aged Vera Tushevska daily goes shopping in the small improvised market with a view of the former giant industrial complex Zelezara, where ore used to be melted, but today, she says, they do not know what is produced. She has been living in this settlement since 1973, but there has never been so much stink as now. “There used to be smoke, but it did not stink. We knew...

The state renovates offices with money from the companies?!

The adaptation of the premises of the local unit of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management in Kocani has been paid by the state. At the same time officials in charge of this regional office asked for additional money from businesses to pay for the reconstruction of the premises. Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia came to the document that employees of the local unit in Kocani used...
Xhelal Neziri is experienced investigative reporter and analyst. Since 2008 he has been representing Danish SCOOP project in Macedonia, coordinating national and trans-national investigative stories. At the moment Neziri is co-founder and director of Centre for Investigative Journalism SCOOP-Macedonia based in Skopje, and member of International Advisory Board at Journalismfund.eu based in Brussels. Contact: xhelalneziri@gmail.com   Zaklina Hadzi-Zafirova is a freelance journalist with over 15 years of journalistic experience,...

The zone of economic deceit

  By Xhelal NEZIRI   Placed before a record number of unemployed, i.e. more than 30% at a national level, Macedonia has not yet found ways to attract foreign capital. The technological and industrial development zones, which offer to investors numerous tax alleviations, are part of the strategy for rapid development whose aim is the economic recovery of the country. The decision made by the Government in 2007 with...