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The alleged Nazism in Kyiv still the subject of Russian disinformation

Several disinformation narratives have prevailed this year in the Macedonian-language online space and media – from Ukraine’s “statehood being at stake” should the war continue, to the claim that Zelenskyy has lost popularity. The most consistent disinformation narrative, however, concerns the connection between Kyiv...

Serbian tabloids “toppled” North Macedonia’s Kovachevski-led government

Photo: Government of North Macedonia Despite the inaccurate, inflammatory, and nationalistic articles online, North Macedonia’s government was not “toppled”, nor did “the Albanians, slowly but surely, seize the power”. The newly elected government is a so-called technical government, also known as a “Przhino government”, in...

Unwanted imports: Anti-EU Kremlin disinformation rides high in N. Macedonia

Most of the anti-EU Kremlin disinformation in N. Macedonia originate abroad, both in Russia and in the West, and then arrive in the country through the social platforms and some through the internet media. Some of them are then adjusted to the local context,...

A disinformation round “Sofia-Belgrade-Skopje” with a typical Russian flair

The flow of Russian disinformation has become familiar – it starts in Russia, travels to Serbia, and from there, it spreads throughout the entire Western Balkans. In the following case, however, disinformation’s source is in Bulgaria. The avalanche of disinformation started with an episode...

CSOs and experts warn of dangers posed by the new UN cybercrime treaty

A large array of civil society organizations and experts  has called on the state delegations participating in the concluding session of the United Nations (UN) Ad Hoc Committee to ensure that the proposed Cybercrime Convention is narrowly focused on tackling cybercrime, and not used...

German defence minister warns Ukraine war could expand

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius warned that the war between Russia and Ukraine could expand beyond the neighbouring countries, publishes dpa news agency. "We hear threats from the Kremlin almost every day - most recently again against our friends in the Baltic states," Pistorius told...

There is no evidence that Ukraine is losing 30,000 troops per month in the war with Russia

Photo: ukrinform.net Ukraine’s former Public Prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, is spreading unconfirmed data regarding the number of killed and wounded Ukrainian troops. In fact, in his own statement he calls upon authorities in Ukraine to publish the accurate data of wounded soldiers, thereby tacitly admitting that...

The trust of the Ukrainians in Zelenskyy is not at 42%

Source: ukrinform.net There is no publicly accessible opinion poll in Ukraine which shows that the trust in the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is 42 percent. Research by the Kyiv International Institute for Sociology shows that the public trust in Zelenskyy is 62 percent. However,...

Interviews, newspaper sections, shows and columns – The growing presence of China in the media in North Macedonia

Collage of photographs by Meta.mk   TV shows, newspaper sections dedicated to China, columns and interviews of the Chinese Ambassador to North Macedonia, as well as promoting and publishing media content from leading Chinese media that are under the direct control of the Chinese Communist Party....

CRTA: Results of the Belgrade elections largely stemmed from illegal electoral engineering

Based on the information gathered and the analyses conducted thus far, the CRTA Election Observation Mission expresses a well-founded suspicion that in the elections on December 17, organized voter migrations occurred to an extent that crucially influenced the outcome of the very close elections...

The disinformation coupled with abuse of artificial intelligence can be harmful to the elections

The last session of today’s e-Society.mk International Conference, which has been organized by Metamorphosis Foundation for the 19th time this year, was dedicated to the issue of disinformation and abuse of artificial intelligence for malign influence on democracy or, more specifically, on the elections...

INTERVIEW Gojković-Arbutina: The non-governmental organizations in R. Srpska will be designated foreign agents by law

Criminalizing once again the insult and slander, designating all non-governmental organizations that receive foreign donations (including the organizations working in journalism) as “agents of foreign influence” and establishing a Media Register, where the state decides who may or may not perform a journalistic activity. These...

Metamorphosis Foundation is establishing a Coalition For Responsible Artificial Intelligence in North Macedonia

Photo: Meta.mk, 19 December 2023 Metamorphosis Foundation launched a process of establishing a Coalition For Responsible Artificial Intelligence, that will include stakeholders from several sectors, informed Bardhyl Jashari, Executive Director of the Foundation, closing this year’s edition of the international conference “e-Society.mk”, which was organized...

Bojana Zorić: Media literacy is crucial in addressing the problem of foreign interference, the youth is a critical voice in addressing the security challenges

The security problems in the Western Balkans are now also related to disinformation and fake news which try to destabilize the region and may hinder realization of the most important strategic objectives in the Western Balkans. On this topic and others, Portalb.mk conducted an...

Interview: Eurovision sensation Joker Out discuss their creative process, touring and more

Slovenian band Joker out, reached a sudden rise to fame after their performance on this year's Eurovision Song Contest and have followed up their success by heading on a big European tour. Although they started off with the classic high-school-band story, today they are...

First-instance verdict in Štrpci Case overturned – trial restored

On 30 October 2023, the Court of Appeal in Belgrade issued a decision annulling the first-instance verdict in the Štrpci Case and returning the case for retrial. The Humanitarian Law Center considers it inadmissible that thirty years after the abduction and murder of twenty civilians in Štrpci,...

Bulgaria did not allow the overflight of Lavrov’s plane due to the sanctions against Zakharova, not because of N. Macedonia

Sergey Lavrov at the press conference in Skopje, 01.12.2023 Photo: Bojan Blazhevski, meta.mk The spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, was part of the Russian delegation at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje. Her presence on the Russian plane forced Bulgaria to...

A well known pro-Russian political figure in N.Macedonia suspected of the murder of a 14-year-old girl

Ljupcho Palevski–Palcho, a well-known political figure with pro-Russian attitudes, was today pointed out by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Public Prosecution as the organizer of the abduction and the murderer of a 14-year-old girl. The girl, Vanja Gjorchevska was reported missing...

“Amber Allert” turned into the black ribbon: N.Macedonia in sorrow after a 14-year-old abducted girl found dead

Social networks profiles of citizens of North Macedonia increasingly show the black ribbon on the profile pictures, after the Ministry of Interior (MoI) tonight confirmed the death of the 14-year-old Vanja Gjorchevska, kidnapped 7 days ago. The ministry confirmed that the girl who was...

Lavrov created drama in Skopje: Instead of giving answers, he argued with journalists

Written speech and disputes with journalists comprised Sergey Lavrov’s tactics in the press conference; Photo: Meta.mk Russia turned today’s press conference of Sergei Lavrov into a propagandist theater play in the heart of Skopje, wishing to overshadow the last day and the conclusions of the...