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AJM presents its 2020 journalism awards

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia presented Friday its annual AJM Journalism Awards to Aleksandar Chomovski–Chom, for lifetime achievement; Vidi Vaka's Hristina Gjorgjievska and Radio MOF's Jasmina Jakimova, Bojan Shashevski, Emilija Petreska and Daniel Evrosimoski, for investigative journalism; and News TV's Reshat Ibraimi and MIA's Aleksandra Maksimovska, for local reporting.

Skopje, 5 March 2021 (MIA) — Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia presented Friday its annual AJM Journalism Awards to Aleksandar Chomovski–Chom, for lifetime achievement; Vidi Vaka’s Hristina Gjorgjievska and Radio MOF’s Jasmina Jakimova, Bojan Shashevski, Emilija Petreska and Daniel Evrosimoski, for investigative journalism; and News TV’s Reshat Ibraimi and MIA’s Aleksandra Maksimovska, for local reporting.

Aleksandar Chomovski–Chom, thanking the AJM for the Krste Petkov Misirkov Lifetime Achievement Award, said “the time of so-called objective journalism is over.”

“The challenge now is to give subjective views on political and social developments,” he said, adding that social media posts could be “sometimes real, complete comments, sometimes a source of news, or a source of scandals.”

According to Chomovski, “Macedonian journalism will be late if it does not redefine its priorities.”

The Jashar Erebara Investigative Journalism Award went to Hristina Gjorgjievska for her story “The City’s Captured Lungs” published on the digital platform Vidi Vaka and Jasmina Jakimova, Bojan Shashevski, Emilija Petreska and Daniel Evrosimoski for their two-part series on the Balkan lynx published by the Radio MOF platform.

Commenting on her story about tree roots battling concrete sidewalks, Gjorgjievska said that “in the last two and a half years, very few captured trees have been released. The pandemic is the latest excuse, but the pandemic will pass, and I hope we’ll come to our senses.”

According to Jakimova, Shashevski, Petreska and Evrosimoski, who worked for six months on their investigation, the Balkan lynx needs to be protected as it symbolizes “what is happening to us and our environment.”

Kumanovo journalist Reshat Ibraimi (for his “Sad Fate of the Bride from Albania”) and MIA’s Kumanovo correspondent Aleksandra Maksimovska (for her “Kumanovo’s Legally Invisible People”) both received the AJM 2020 Award for reporting on topics of great local and regional importance.

According to organizers, a total of 20 entries were submitted to this year’s awards contest. The panel of judges was made up of journalists Mira Kostikj, Sashko Dimevski, and Adnan Ajdari. mr/

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