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Macedonian Government puts the squeeze on the only opposing TV station

Alfa TV, the only national TV channel with a national concession that exercises its democratic right to criticize the Government’s work, is being pressured from the prosecutor’s office and financial police.

The channel’s director, Jane Bojadzi, says in an interview that institutions of the state that are controlled by the main governing party are trying to obstruct the work of station.

Alfa TV is open to accommodate the financial inspectors so that they can conduct their investigation, but that which is symptomatic is the inspectors’ insistence to look into the programming.

This, Bojadzi says, is “an absurd attempt by the government to exert pressure on the only critically-disposed television station.”

Namely, financial inspectors have requested to conduct scrutiny into the content and products of Alfa TV, which the channel will provide.

Bojadzi says Alfa TV can gather 6,000 hours of programming from the previous years, at a tremendous cost of resources and time on the part of its technical personnel. This will require the inspectors seven and a half years of viewing.

“This reminds of apartheid” claims Alfa’s director, “it is not typical for the Financial police of a democratic state to investigate the contents of a television channel.”


Martin Anastasovski
Martin Anastasovski
Martin Anastasovski is a writer, researcher and publicist. He writes articles for Macedonia Times in the fields of Macedonian news and politics, history, culture and travel. His opinion pieces have been published on Macedonian news portals. He has a university degree in political science.
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