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Dimitrov, Popovski attend media freedom conference in London

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Government delegation, led by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Minister for Communications, Accountability and Transparency, Robert Popovski, will be attending a conference on media freedom, taking place 10 to 11 July in London.

Dimitrov will take part in one of Day 1 sessions: “Media freedom in the Western Balkans and new ways of working”. He will also attend Day 2 session: ‘What can governments do to increase media sustainability?”

Foreign Minister Dimitrov is set to attend plenary sessions and working dinner organized by the hosts and co-organizers of the conference, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland …

Minister Popovski will take part in Day 2 session “Media Freedom Campaign: Towards 2020 – Sustaining the Impact.”

The Global Conference for Media Freedom in 2019 is the first of its kind. Around 60 ministers and 1,000 reporters and members of civil society are due to attend the event this week.

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary, will co-host the conference. It is part of an international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom and increase the cost to those that are attempting to restrict it.

The UK and Canadian governments are working together to defend media freedom and improve the safety of journalists who report across the world.

The conference will be structured around 4 themes: protection and prosecution, including impunity; national frameworks and legislation; building trust in media and countering disinformation; media sustainability.

Global leaders, representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia will gather to attend interactive panel discussions. The first day will focus on defining the challenges, the second on framing solutions. Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will also meet to discuss media freedom.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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