Friday, 15 December 2017 | News today: 7

The media and the public should be informed about Janeva’s work

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Nenad Mircevski

Nobody can dispute the fight against crime, whether politicians, officials, opposition members are prosecuted or any other type of criminals in the country, but institutions must convince the court and the public that they do it fairly and in strict compliance with the laws . The Special Prosecutor’s Office should particularly bear that in mind, whose legitimacy has been seriously challenged since its establishment, of course, if it intends to justify its existence and to earn the trust of the citizens. Possible breaking of laws, human rights violations and improvisation in the way of collecting evidence under no circumstances should be used as a mechanism for dealing with persons under investigation, not only because it creates distrust in the public, but because of the real danger of cases being closed and potential criminals to get away from responsibility due to shortcomings in the investigation.

That is why, instead of informing the public where she spent her free weekend, Katica Janeva must soon put forward arguments that will dispel doubts about her biased and unprofessional work. And there are many questions. From the “Coup” case, through the scandalous dismissal of the two prosecutors, to the criminal charges of harassing witnesses and offering bribe…

What further brings doubt in her work is the approach of some opposition experts who, without hesitation, give carte blanche support for possible human rights violations by the special prosecutors believing that “in such circumstances one can not obtain the information on wrongdoings of politicians in a legal manner.” If it’s like Jnaeva’s “lawyers” said, then the focus on the actions of the opposition (which fights for democratic change, right) should be on closing the loopholes in the laws that allow politicians to freely swim in questionable waters and not on approving the illegal actions of the prosecuting authorities and entering into unnecessary confrontation with the media that require transparency from the special prosecutor.

That’s how the opposition and its spokespersons are sending a message that the laws should apply to everyone, but not to them (including their satellites). That means, continuing to accuse the prosecution that is corrupted and influenced by the government, but if the special prosecution illegally works in their interest they will cut it some slack, encouraging it to “bite” as much as possible in regard to the cases where government officials are the suspects. The court will be recognized when it will judge and make judgments in the interest of the opposition, but not when opposition members are accused. Meanwhile, the media are the most to blame for the situation because they pressured with questions and by publishing unofficial information from the investigation.

In implementing their strategy, obviously, the media that are not under their control are the problem, so they see the solution in a law that would prohibit commenting and expressing stances – penalties and closing of media will follow for not respecting the law.

If that’s how they see democratic changes, then they can upgrade the strategy with several additional legal solutions modeled after “the hybrid law for putting order in the media”, which besides that journalists will regulate special prosecutors, as well as politicians, with explanation that “this is Macedonia and therefore none of the European laws can be applied here”.

Thus, stricter and more accurately regulated legislation from the EU, which would apply only to Katica Janeva and her team, would allow her to do whatever comes into her mind, provided that criminal charges are filed against government officials prior to the elections. At the same time forbidding the media to ask her questions that she has no logical and sustained response to.

Moreover a law that would define the rights of the politicians more precisely could be prepared, which would allow trading and manipulating with illegally tapped telephone conversations, violent destruction of the state order, cooperation with foreign agencies in order to come to power, spreading hate speech and threats and attacks against journalists and the media, receiving and giving bribes … Thus the opposition leader will finally be able to say something sincerely without having to refute himself.

But as much as someone dreams that all this may be true, they are lying to themselves. The media have the right to question, while Katica Janeva has the obligation to answer to the questions and prove them to be unfounded. Otherwise, like everyone else, she will have to answer before the law.