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Harsh reactions after opposition statement. Cafés and bars contantly violate no-smoking law, Pro government media receive €25 million in advertising from ruling party.
The harsh reactions to the statement of one of the vice presidents of the opposition Social Democrats, Zoran Zaev, continue. Speaking to his supporters at the weekend, Zaev suggested that when his party comes to power they will start sacking workers from the public administration, employing their own members and “eating people alive”.
The latest condemnation came from EU ambassador Erwan Fouere, who said that the statement, even if meant as a joke, is completely unacceptable.
One year after the adoption of a strict no-smoking law that envisages penalties up to 4000 euros for violations, the cafés, bars and restaurants in Skopje’s outskirts are letting people smoke freely in their establishments, the daily writes.
The government is generous when it comes to media outlets that support its policy, the daily says. The national Sitel TV and Kanal 5 TV has received €25 million for government and ruling VMRO DPMNE party commercials over the past three years, reports from the media research company “Nielsen” have shown.
Balkan Insight has not verified the facts in the original press reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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