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Implications of the EU Digital Services Act on critical voices in Serbia: Challenges for civil society organizations and investigative journalists

This article was written by Emily Wright, a Fulbright Research Fellow affiliated with civil society organization Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, and first published by Tech Policy Press. An edited version is republished by Meta.mk with permission. Europe’s Digital Services Act (DSA) will have a significant impact on the digital...

Regional landfill in Sveti Nikole: why should it be European, when it can be illegal

Sixteen non-standard municipal landfills and dozens of illegal dumps full of all sorts of waste, without a fence or protection, scattered almost near every inhabited area, in the rivers, beside agricultural plots, roads, or forests, is the truthful image of the Eastern and North-Eastern...

How did Sputnik – the Kremlin’s mouthpiece – report on the Macedonian elections?

Two leitmotivs were part of most analyses and articles related to the elections in North Macedonia, seen through the prism of pro-Russian Sputnik. The first is that foreigners are pressing North Macedonia, and the second is that the pressure exerted came from the Albanians....

Did Siljanovska Davkova violate the Prespa Agreement? International Community reacts to her speech

International public and some of the domestic political actors issued public reactions after the new president Gordana Siljanovska Davkova failed to utter the constitutional name of the state during her inauguration on the  May 12. They consider this act as violation of the Prespa...

For the first time in 55 years, female artist draws Alan Ford comics

Број 659 на стрипот „Алан Форд“ нацртан од Вероника Гуити. Фото: Мета.мк.
In the May 2024 edition of Alan Ford comics, publisher and author Max Bunker introduced artist Veronica Guitti as new member of the team that produces this Italian cult classic. In his op-ed for the 659th episode, Bunker explained that Guitti work was supposed to...

When medical students apologize – the impact of the anti-gender movement in the public sphere

In April 2024, the Macedonian Medical Student Association (MMSA) announced on Facebook that the Faculty of Medicine of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (UKIM) in Skopje will host a lecture titled “The Path of Transitioning.” According to the post, the lecture was supposed...

It is not true that Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005) was еxactly pro-Russian

Social network posts claim the alleged closeness of Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005) with Russia. Although Kuchma tried to sustain normal relations with Russia, his foreign policy was far from being pro-Russian, especially since the country officially expressed interest in becoming a NATO member...

“Donbas. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” – a documentary in the tradition of Kremlin’s best propaganda

Тhe Russian Embassy in North Macedonia recently shared the documentary Donbas. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (2021) on Facebook. The documentary uses a common manipulation technique - presenting the historical sequence of events in a way that confuses the audience as to who “started it”...

(INTERVIEW) Nikolovski: Russian Church Players in MOC-OA Imposed Fake Public Topics

Three months have passed since the public found out that Marjan Nikolovski, editor, journalist, and owner of the portal “Religija.mk” was summoned by the Ecclesiastical Court of Macedonian Orthodox Church – Archdiocese of Ohrid (MOC-OA) for his alleged dissemination of hatred among believers and the leadership...

Disinformation surrounding the project of the first regional landfill: Neither medical nor hazardous waste will be incinerated in Sveti Nikole

No type of waste will be burnt in the regional landfill in village Meckuevci in the Municipality Sveti Nikole. The facility, that should represent the first landfill fulfilling European standards in the country, will have just two installations for secondary selection of paper, plastic,...

Without the support of fact-checkers we give up defending democracy

P“It’s our responsibility and the duty of state institutions and all stakeholders to speak out when fact-checkers are threatened and do all we can to provide a safe daily working environment for them”, said the EU Ambassador, David Geer at the opening of the...

International Fact-Checking Day marked with regional Conference – Defending Democracy in the Balkans: Safeguarding Information Integrity in the Digital Era

On April 2, International Fact-Checking Day, the Metamorphosis Foundation and the Anti-Disinformation for the Balkans organized a Regional Conference on the topic: “Defending Democracy in the Balkans: Safeguarding Information Integrity in the Digital Era”. The conference was attended by experts from the region and beyond...

Disinformation significantly enhanced during election campaigns

“Democracy at Risk: Elections in the Age of Disinformation” was the title of the second session of the regional conference of the Anti-disinformation Network for the Balkans on the occasion of marking International Fact-Checking Day. Activists and journalists from the region shared experiences related...

Russia’s Destructive Disinformation Igniting American Political Scene

Key witness in the impeachment investigation of President Joe Biden, regarding the alleged receipt of bribes from an Ukrainian company through his son Hunter Biden, initiated by a Republican politician from the US House of Representatives, apparently did not tell the truth when sharing...

Russian Agents Cloaked in Mantles of the Macedonian Orthodox Church

Putin’s regime is using the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) for spreading influence in Orthodox countries. The ROC  is exerting enormous pressure on other churches and preventing the recognition of autocephaly status the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC). By means of intelligence actions, Russian priests are...

A youth-centered workshop on countering disinformation and fact-checking was held in Veles

More than a dozen young people from North Macedonia took part in the second workshop as part of the “Journalism for the New Generation” program on the subject of “Countering Disinformation and Fact Checking” which took place from March 13 to 15 near Veles....

(INTERVIEW) Maliukevičius: The Russian influence is trying to weaken us and make us look away from Ukraine

Initially, I thought that the goal of the Russian influence operations was to create a kind of sympathy for the Russian regime and Russian ideology. But their main target now is simply to create more chaos inside the neighboring countries in order to kind...

Moscow doesn’t like the Prespa apples and it finds Ecuadorian bananas tastier than the Indian

If the pressure from Russia was not that obvious in the Macedonian case with the banned imports of apples from Prespa, the example of Ecuador was pretty straightforward. By skillfully manipulating the business sector, the pressure put on the Ecuadorian leadership hit success and...

Navalny’s death overshadowed Moscow’s disinformation on the military campaign in Ukraine

Despite this February marking the second anniversary since the start of Ukraine’s suffering at the hands of Russian aggression, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and never-ending destruction of everything significant for Ukraine and Ukrainians, Moscow’s disinformation campaign in regard to its military...

Emotional ties and propaganda: The Russian “Soft power” in the Balkans

Russian media Sputnik and RT (Russia Today) Balkans operating in Serbia, are used as propaganda tools by Putin’s Russia and represent Russian “soft power” in the region. This propaganda from Moscow, disseminated through the contents published by both Russian media outlets and republished by...