RESEARCH: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEDIA CLIENTELISM?

Author: Mirjana Vasileva For the needs of this story we conducted a survey with 30 journalists from print and electronic media in the country, which was conducted between November 20 and December 20, 2019. According to the results of the survey, clientelist practices and corruption in the media existed during the previous and during the present government also. Most journalists responded affirmatively to the question of whether there were clientelistic practices in the media during the previous government. To the question “Are clientelist practices in the media space still present during this government”, 86.6% answered “yes”. Of the three reasons used for influencing the media and journalists, the results showed that the majority of journalists consider media and individuals to be the most likely cause of funding, with a smaller number believing that it is the political pressures that...

UNINFORMED MEDIA SPACE, CHANGED WAYS OF CONTROL AND IMPACT

Author: Mirjana Vasileva Twelve printed editions this year got lucky for covering state-run printing costs from last year. That year, the number of printed media received government subsidies was down by one, with a total of 11 print publications receiving state aid. However, that amount was about 700,000 euros. Although the government, along with representatives of some of the media community, justified the distributions as being maximally transparent and with the support of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) concludes that the criteria on the basis of which such assistance is granted are insufficiently precise and allow for inappropriate use of the allocated funds. The SCPC, as well as the community journalism, also point out that budget financing of a paid political campaign program is a potential risk of corruption...

Nepotism: Authorities change, “the relatives” remain

Managers in public institutions often (mis) use the Article 21 of the Labor Relations Act, which allows for maneuvering on jobs decisions, anti-corruption officials have found. Autor: Ruzica Fotinovska The distant 2003. The decision to hire the wife of the then director of the Health Insurance Fund, Rubinco Zarevski, was annulled on the recommendation of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption. This is the epilogue to the first case of conflict of interest decided by the Anti-Corruption Commission at the time, led by Slagjana Taseva. Years have passed, cases of nepotism have been on the rise. Some were outdated, some of the mentioned withdrew from office, and some remained in office despite their kinship with senior officials, for which rule was named on the pretext that there is no case of nepotism. Genesis – relative employment Nearly a...

Municipalities have spent millions of Euros on representation, Strumica a record holder

  Authors: Angela Rajchevska and Bjanka Stankovikj Despite the public commitments to rational budget management, in reality most municipalities continue to spend carelessly when it comes to public money. The SCOOP research within the PEP project shows that 64 municipalities from the Republic of North Macedonia spent a total of 2,220,634 Euros for the last three years. On average, during this time period each municipality spent about 34,000 Euros, or over 11,000 Euros per year. The Municipality of Strumica is a record holder in representation costs compared to other municipalities. In the last three years this local self-government unit, only for feasting and other activities for representation of the institution, spent 230,073 Euros in catering facilities and companies. Second on the list is Struga with 169,648 Euros, followed by Prilep with 161,866 Euros, Bitola 153,392 Euros and Gjorce Petrov...

THE TEN RICHEST MAYORS “WEIGH” 30 MILLION EUROS

Authors: Angela Rajchevska and Bjanka Stankovic The ten richest mayors in the Republic of North Macedonia weigh about 30 million Euros. One of them is from VMRO-DPMNE, first on the list, while six gravitate or are members of the SDSM. Of the three mayors of the Alliance for Albanians party, all three are on the list of the top 10 richest mayors. First on the list is the mayor of Kavadarci Mitko Jancev, followed by Nikolco Iliev – mayor of Kocani, Isen Shabani of Vrapciste, Albon Xhemaili of Bogovinje, Petre Shilegov of the City of Skopje, Arben Taravari of Gostivar, Konstantin Georgieski of Ohrid, Gerasim Konzulov of Radovish, Nikola Andonov of Novo Selo and Aleksandar Naumoski of Gjorce Petrov. BISNESSMEN, LAWYERS AND DOCTORS – RICH MUNICIPAL FATHERS According to the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption and Crime, the...

TWELVE “MOST PRIVILEGED” MPS: THE STATE PAYS THEM FOR BOTH RENT AND TRAVEL EXPENSES

Authors: Angela Rajchevska and Bjanka Stankovic Although belonging to opposing political camps, SDSM MP Aleksandar Kiracovski and VMRO-DPMNE MP Ilija Dimovski share a privilege given to them as MPs: they both use rent paid by the state and charge for travel expenses. Until recently Kiracovski held the post of Secretary General of the SDSM, but was dismissed after being publicly criticized for the employment of his close relatives, for which the Anti-Corruption Commission initiated a procedure. In the past year Kiracovski was paid rent by the state of 390 Euros, and in the last four months of 2018 while staying in an apartment in Skopje, he received just over 1000 Euros for travel expenses. To his political opponent, Ilija Dimovski from VMRO-DPMNE, the state pays a bit less for rent, or 370 Euros, but he also received a sum...

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