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.


Research and Analysis

In the wake of the media reforms arising from the Przhino Agreement, a group of media organizations have submitted to the Government a Request for a systematic media reform which highlights the priority issues that require urgent legislative changes and practical measures to be implemented by the relevant institutions.

MODEM focused on monitoring media content and preparing analysis that aimed to prove whether there is corroded media reporting that endangers the political pluralism in the pre-election and election process in the country. The analysis and data obtained served to benefit the citizens, the civil sector, the media organizations, decision makers and the international community in creating substantiated attitudes and arguments for policy initiation.

The purpose of the policy paper was to determine whether the information on the public individuals published in the media satisfies the so-called "public interest test", that is, whether the media properly balance the rights of those individuals to privacy with the "right to know" of the public.

The School for Journalism and Public Relations carried out the research "Media literacy in Macedonia: the missing link for active citizenship". In addition to explaining the concept of "media literacy" and how it is defined in international regulation, the Report analyzed the situation in this area through a local perspective, namely how media literacy is understood and practiced in the secondary education, the civil sector and the media in Macedonia. The research was conducted with support of the European Union.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the balance between the right to privacy and the right of the public to be informed. The document looks at European and Macedonian privacy legislation, examples from practice of the media reporting in Macedonia in this regard, and provides recommendations for improving privacy and information policies.