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Improved communication between journalists and prosecutors in protecting freedom of expression

Improved communication between journalists and prosecutors in protecting freedom of expression

Ohrid, 10 February 2018 (MIA) - Journalists reporting on judicial and prosecutorial affairs, experts, judges and public prosecutors took part in a workshop on case law involving media freedom, organized by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) in Ohrid on Saturday.

The joint training for journalists and prosecutors over the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, aims at enlarging their knowledge over the framework of freedom of speech.

"Only trained and well-informed journalists, who are aware of their rights and responsibilities, can professionally do their job. The ECHR can help them in avoiding mistakes and violating the rights of others," said AJM president Naser Selmani,

French Ambassador Christian Thimonier said the defense of principles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights should always be a priority in the work of both the journalists and the judiciary.

"The Internet plays a significant role in the freedom of expression and that is why we need journalists who carry out their tasks in line with the ethical norms and codes. Of course, there is also the need of proper conduct of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, otherwise there is a risk of such reporting becoming a jungle," he added.

Participants agreed over the need for more frequent direct meetings between media and the prosecutor's offices for the purpose of improved communication, which would lead to better reporting. ik/16:55

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