About ICS

The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.

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In previous decades, media literacy and media education mostly emphasized critical thinking, the need to understand how information is created and how media outlets are organized. But, with the development of technology and social media platforms, the patterns of both media creation and media consumption have been muddled.

Reducing air pollution, establishing an integrated waste management system and rigorous control of the industry, improving water quality, protecting forests and biodiversity, creating sustainable food production systems and taking greater climate action. These are some of the 2030 environmental objectives and priorities that representatives of civil society organizations, professors and experts from the “Clear it Up” Alliance conveyed today to President Stevo Pendarovski at a public discussion concerning the drafting of the Development Framework #MKD2030. According to them, the priority areas that require intensified actions are climate change, circular economy, air quality, waste and water management, industrial pollution, soil and sustainable food

Public inspection and regular monitoring of the quality and pollution of rivers in Macedonia is enabled by the digital monitoring platform of the National Hydrometeorological Service (NHMS), which was developed as part of the "Clear it Up" campaign and which was publicly presented today.

Throughout the month of September, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. During this month there has been a rise in hate speech including ethnic discrimination and xenophobia towards various ethnic communities as well as instances of homophobia and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric across all six Western Balkan states.

The procedures for granting concessions for exploiting mineral resources are insufficiently transparent for the inhabitants of the local communities, the excavation of sand and gravel from rivers and lakes is allowed only for business purposes, and the treatment of tailings dams as places that are potentially the most dangerous in mining complexes is not sufficiently regulated.