The problem for this situation is on editors. It is often being informed by spreading stereotypes about the Roma maybe because they consider there is no one to stand and defend their interests, recons Elvis Shakjiri, young jurist who analyzed Macedonian media reports considering Roma
Elvis Shakjiri is a young jurist who carefully followed Macedonian media last year in order to see how they inform about Roma. And he was shocked, because most of them pointed out Roma nationality in news connected with burglaries, murders, infanticide even with car accidents. Macedonian media were in his focus, because, he admits, he doesn’t have a good command of Albanian and cannot see how the media in Albanian reports about Roma. He hopes that a colleague of his, Albanian jurist, will be able to help him follow those media in the future. What is very surprising for him is that up until now the social networks are the only media without hate speech and spread of stereotypes and prejudices about Roma.
-Journalists shouldn’t and mustn’t divide people on ethnical basis. At all, If you ask me, I divide people on those who are people and those who are not. As soon as I started following the media and noticed unprofessional reporting, I started sending reacting notes to them. But believe me, nobody ever answered to them. The only reaction was when they removed the controversial column published in Zhurnal, says Elvis.
He reacted at the Macedonian Journalist Association. He is negotiating with them about some activities, but it is still early to say which steps will be undertaken.
-I see the problem for this situation mostly on editors. It is often being informed by spreading stereotypes about the Roma maybe because they consider there is no one to stand and defend their interests. And unfortunately so it is. Apart from some non-governmental organizations, there is no one to defend Romas’ interests in the media, comments Elvis.
He won’t stop following carefully the media. However, since the beginning of the year he asserted that there were no reports about Roma, as it was happening before.
– Maybe that is so because the focus transferred on incidents between Macedonians and Albanians or there is no specific case with Roma involved which would potentially be interesting for the journalists. , believe me, as soon as it stops, I fear that the reporting will be transferred on Roma, fears Elvis. He considers to react at the Ministry for Internal Affairs because of the newsletter with incidents being published by this department every day, and in which according to Elvis MIA emphasizes the nationality of persons involved in incidents.