Participatory Model for Public Media in Macedonia: Reviving an Idea

One of the main reasons for the failed transformation of the public broadcaster in Macedonia is the political parallelism of the entire media system: the strong and durable links between the political parties and the media.

Themes: Institutional CommunicationMedia and Democratization
Snezana TrpevskaIgor Micevski


Macedonia’s political landscape is marked by deep divisions between political actors, a high level of contestation of the legitimacy of the political institutions and a widespread culture of clientelism. This has a direct impact on the media system as a whole and on the public service broadcasting in particular.

The publication in English is available HERE.

The paper was produced within the project “The prospect and development of public service media: Comparative study of PSB development in Western Balkans in light of EU integration” that investigates the position, role, functioning, and the future of public service broadcasters in seven countries in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, taking into account the specific context in which these services developed and the role the European Union played in such processes. The project is implemented by the Center for Social Research Analitika in partnership with the University of Fribourg.

This project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, through the SCOPES (Scientific cooperation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland) programme.