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.


ICS takes part in the Fazana Media Festival (Croatia)

On Monday, 7 September, untill September 14, 2020, ICS participated at the second annual Fazana Media Festival in Fažana, Croatia.

ICS took part in the Festival within the Reporting Diversity Network workshop (part of the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 project, supported by the European Commisssion). The workshop kicked-off the RDN 2.0 project led by the Media Diversity Institute (project leader). All workshops were also attended by representatives of the other project partners – South East European Network for Profesionalisation of Media (SEENPM), Centre for Investigative Journalism Bosnia and HerzegovinaCenter for Investigative Journalism Montenegro, and KosovaLive.

Reporting Diversity Network (RDN) 2.0 aims to activate the role of civil society in countering narratives of the divide and replacing them with positive discourse contributing to the values of respect for human rights, respect for diversity and good neighbouring relations. In order to do so, the project will empower a regional network of CSOs to work together with the aim to influence the quality of media reporting about issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and age. RDN 2.0 will provide tools and resources for the entire civil society to perform influence towards more inclusive media.

Over the period of 7 days, ICS participated in several panels and discussions organized within the Media Fest. ICS team members attended the panel discussion “COVID-19 and Diversity: A ‘Tsunami’ of Hate Speech,” featuring ICFJ’s Julie Posetti, PEN Moscow’s Nadezda Azhgikhina, Albanian Media Institute’s Remzi Lani, and Amadeu Antonio Foundations’ Simone Rafael discussing the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to journalists around the world. ICS also attended the panel discussion “How the European Union deals with disinformation and hate speech” where Ognian Zlatev, European Commission representative to Croatia, Violeta Simeonova, head of the European Parliament’s office in Croatia, the ambassador of the kingdom of Sweden to Croatia, Diana Helen Madunic all took part.  

All events within the Media Festival were organized taking all necessary precautions against COVID-19.