The early parliamentary elections passed and all the lucrative acts of SDSM came out. The Media Agency published the report on paid political advertising, where the ratio of advertising between SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE can be clearly seen, where it is 2 vs. 1, i.e. twice as much space was given to SDSM for paid political advertising in these elections, opposition party spokesperson Dimce Arsovski said on Tuesday.
According to Arsovski, this ratio in the approach of the ruling party to media advertising is due to the lucrative actions of SDSM and the manipulation of advertising space in the media.
“Just 5 minutes before the end of the state of emergency in the Republic of Macedonia, introduced to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSM instead of committing itself to fighting against the pandemic, at the last session of the Government, 5 minutes before the end of the state of emergency, passed a decree “in the run-up to the early parliamentary elections for media darkness and suffocation of the political representation of the opposition,” Arsovski said.
It was not only against the law, Arsovski said, but also a direct interference in the election process by the government, which gave the opposition led by VMRO-DPMNE limited space for advertising in the media, and SDSM got space to advertise and twice as much.
“Using the state of emergency for such an ordinance meant suffocating the media advertising space for VMRO-DPMNE, where SDSM, by directly interfering and intervening in the Electoral Code, contributed to limit the advertising space to the detriment of VMRO-DPMNE and the” Renewal of Macedonia” coalition, so that the same SDSM can manipulate the advertising space in the media. This was one of the reasons for the most undemocratic elections and the election robbery that took place in these elections,” Arsovski added.