The income of most media workers is lower than the average salary in the country. Workers’ rights are also often overlooked, such as the right to annual leave, overtime pay, night shifts or other statutory allowances.
This is the assessment noted by the European Commission in the latest Report on the progress of North Macedonia in the area of freedom of expression and the operation of the media.
A large number of media outlets lack a code of ethics, as well as an opportunity for professional and professional upgrading and career advancement. The Report notes that the lack of secure employment and difficult socio-economic conditions contribute to the growth of self-censorship and enable media owners to influence editorial policy.