Parliament Watch: Ninth Report on Media Reporting

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In May, the media quoted the least MPs (20%) as sources of information referring to the Parliament since the beginning of the monitoring. Even when they did quote the MPs, in 94% of the cases, those were MPs from one political option, mostly members of the majority in the Parliament, rarely those from the Opposition. The second most present source are the foreign representatives and diplomats, then the members of the Government and other state institutions. In addition, the presence of the citizens as sources increased (8%). 
The media decreased the reporting on the parliamentary discussions within the sessions for only 10% and yet again mentioned the Parliament mostly in the context of the political crisis, the attempts for its recovery and also the public protests in front of the Parliament. 
In the monitored information, the media most often consulted one source (37%), while those information with three or more sources marked a soft decline. 
The media kept the trend of only informing about the events in the Parliament, without making any in-depth analyses. These are part of the findings from the Ninth Report on Media Reporting for the work of the Parliament, conducted in the period from 1 to 31 May 2015. 
The research covers articles and TV stories from the following media: Dnevnik, Utrinski vesnik, Vecher, Sloboden pechat, Koha, Lajm, Sitel, Telma, Alsat-M and MRT2 program in Albanian language. The monitoring is part of the project “Parliament Watch, Strengthening the Political Debate and the Deliberative Discourse”, financially supported by the European Union. 
We hereby attach the entire monitoring report mk al and the word cloud of the most used words in the headlines of the articles and the introduction of the TV-stories, referring to the Parliament in May. 
This publication is supported by the European Union. The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS) and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. 

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