I-Man or Integrityman is a comic hero fighting on different burning issues that media, journalist and the general public in Macedonia are facing with.
In the past several years the situation with media in Republic of Macedonia is deteriorating. All major international organizations for freedom of speech and expression, for human rights, for media development and even the European Commission’s progress report for Macedonia are underlining that the situation with the media and journalists is highly concerning and has reached its own bottom. Most of the media and the journalists are highly bipolarized in their reporting, are controlled and not following the basic journalism standards and rules for reporting.
I-Man is facing five issues starting with bipolar reporting, especially extreme bipolar reporting on same topics. Consequently, the second issue is confused public (readers, listeners, viewers), meaning that the majority of the public receives either one sided reports or need to watch/read/listen few different media in order to learn what is happening, at the end of the day most of them don’t know what to think. Therefore, the media role for creating a proper public opinion is failing. The third issue of the third comic will be discrediting situations among journalists in Macedonia and reminding the media of their role – socially responsible profession. Pointing out the situation of encouraging discrimination and hate speech in the media in Macedonia in the past several years, especially toward the minority groups in the country, is the fourth mission for I-Man. And finally, the fifth issue for the fifth comic will be reminding the media of the regulations for proper citing the original news content and taking photos and citing the photo-reporters.
The comics is bilingual – Macedonian and Albanian language. Both editions are published in print media. The Macedonian version is published in the Magazine for Political Satire – Koza Nostra and the albanian version is printed in the daily newspaper Lajm.
Igor Jovchevski is the leading comic artist in the 3 months lasting project, drawing in pencil, Jovana Velinova is comic artist doing ink, the well known editor and journalist Sasho Kokalanov is in the role of screen writer and the translation to Albanian language is done by Veton Kodra.
I-man Episode 01 (Macedonian version)
I-man Episode 01 (Albanian Version)