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Macedonia: Freedom Not Fear 2009 – Activities for Citizen Education about Their Rights

In order to provide opportunities for the citizens to get to know their rights and ways to solve their privacy related problems, about fifty volunteers from nine NGOs and the Directorate for Personal Data Protection organized several knowledge sharing activities.

Around 3000 flyers in Macedonian and Albanian language were disseminated throughout the capital of Macedonia. They contain info about the basic rights and links to websites which provide resources and tutorials about the legal and technical tools available to the citizens who need to protect their privacy from infringement from the state, companies and individuals. The volonteers also disseminated the printed version of the Call to Action from Berlin, translated into Macedonian.

 

On September 12, 2009, from 11am to 2pm, legal experts who work on implementation of the Law on Private Data Protection and the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character responded to citizens questions face to face, offering practical advice and guidelines.

The following NGOs took part in the action

  • Metamorphosis Foundation
  • Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia,
  • Internet Hotline Provider Macedonia,
  • Macedonian Young Lawyers Association,
  • Youth Educational Forum,
  • European Law Students' Association – ELSA RM,
  • Forum for European Journalism Students – FEJS,
  • Macedonian Center for European Education,

and the independent national regulatory body the Directorate for Personal Data Protection of Republic of Macedonia.

Metamorphosis Foundation and FOSIM provided financial support for the logistics of the event, while the City of Skopje contributed with providing the space within the zone covered by the hotspot for free wi-fi access to the internet.

(More photos will be published soon).
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