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Hungary: Media freedom groups welcome EU court referral over Klubrádió frequency

"This decision by the EU's executive body to take Hungary to court over the alleged breach in EU telecoms rules regarding Klubrádió's frequency licence is a belated but important signal that the Commission is increasingly willing to use the tools available to it to...

The Western Balkans will need unity and cooperation across society to overcome press freedom challenges

In times of war and global polarization the Western Balkans region is divided along the lines of current polarizing forces. Disinformation campaigns, hate speech, physical attacks, threats, low income, poor economic status, divisions, self-censorship and job insecurity are the main challenges that the regional...

Counterspin: Lavrov With Another Spin Justifies Russian Аggression Аgainst Ukraine

In an interview with four Serbian media outlets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used the well-known disinformation narrative about the military intervention in Ukraine, using the well-known phrase “special military operation” aimed at freeing the oppressed Russian population in Donbas and Luhansk. Lavrov reiterated that the entry of the...

Russian Duma with Draconian Sentences: 10-15 Years in Prison for Knowingly Spreading Fake News about the Russian Military

The Russian Duma has passed a law prescribing draconian sentences for “knowingly spreading fake news” about Russian military operations, categorized according to the severity and consequences of such actions, RIA Novosti reported. Under the new law, for the crime of “knowingly spreading fake information about...

Croatian citizens and businesses express support for Ukraine in various ways

Several dozens of citizens, mostly parents with children, held an antiwar protest on Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb on Saturday, March 18, expressing support for the Ukrainian fight for freedom under the motto #StandWithUkraine. At the protest, the organizers read an announcement condemning the war crimes...

Kessler: Disinformation is Putin’s powerful tool in Ukraine

Giovanni Kessler is an Italian prosecutor who worked in the office of famous Sicilian prosecutor Paolo Borsalino in 1995. In 1998-1999 he was appointed as Deputy Head of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission in Pristina, in charge of Police and Justice matters. From 2001-2006...

Truthmeter: There Is No US-Funded Biological Weapons Development Program in Ukraine

There is no evidence that the Ukrainian government ordered the eradication of anthrax, cholera and other infectious diseases on the day Putin invaded Ukraine. It is also not true that there are US-funded biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine. On the contrary, the laboratories that...

Truthmeter: The “Exclusive video” is not from a Russian plane, but is a 10-year old video from Libya

This is a video that the Associated Press published on its YouTube channel on March 19, 2011, and originates from Benghazi, Libya. The video is titled “Plane shot down by Libyan rebels”, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the syndicating agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we republish the...

Russian embassy in Skopje threatens to ‘record’ dissenters from Kremlin official positions, labeled ‘rusophobes’

Russian embassy in Skopje has been the only one in the Balkans region to translate and transmit the "warning" by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA)  about increased level of "rusophobia" which stresses that "all such incidents are meticulously recorded." Even...

U.S. Mission to NATO takes initiative to detect Russian disinformation

The U.S. Mission to NATO has launched an initiative called “We choose facts”, which aims to disarm the disinformation and propaganda that Russia uses in relation to the disputes with Ukraine, Portalb.mk writes.     The U.S. Mission to NATO considers disinformation to be one of the...

The Video of Russian Soldiers Parachuting Down On Kharkiv Is At Least 8 Years Old

The video is not new and does not show Russian paratroopers descending over Kharkiv. The video can be found on YouTube, published in 2018, as a recording of a military exercise in Vostok, and it can also be found on Facebook, shared on the...

The “Cheerful” Russian Soldier Filmed Himself in 2015, Not in 2022

The video of this paratrooper, which has over 20 million views on the social network “TikTok”, was not recorded this year, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. NBC News reporter Ben Collins, who specializes in exposing disinformation, writes that this video is old. The...

Aleksandar Nikoloski, vice president of VMRO-DPMNE: USA is North Macedonia’s greatest friend

In "Click Plus" on TV 21, VMRO-DPMNE's vice president Aleksandar Nikolovski at the beginning of February stated his opinion about the Ukrainian conflict. According to him, when Macedonia has no clue how to act foreign policy-wise, then it should look up to the USA...

BBC fact-checks Vladimir Putins’s speech

BBC's "Reality Check" analyzed the long nightly address of the Russian Federation's president Vladimir Putin, after he ordered troops into two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognising them as independent states. We republish BBC's fact-check in its entirety below: In a long, late-night televised address...

Protesters in front of Russian embassy in Skopje shout ‘Putin is a fascist’ demanding end to war against Ukraine

Dozens of citizens of North Macedonia and Ukrainians residing in Skopje protested against Russian invasion on Ukraine through a march from the main square of the  capital of  North Macedonia to the Russian embassy on February 25. They sung Ukrainian songs and shouted "Putin...

Kuleba: Russia uses disinformation and cyberattacks to destabilize Ukraine

In front of more than two hundred journalists from around the world, Ukraine's minister of foreign affairs, Dmytro Kuleba held a press conference in order, as he said, to answer three big questions: How the escalation with Russia did happen, what's going on now,...

US ambassador to Skopje: The United States respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine

The United States, along with allies and partners, will help Ukraine defend itself against further Russian aggression, said US Ambassador to Skopje Kate Burns in a commentary on the situation with Russia and Ukraine, published on the US Embassy website in North Macedonia   “The world...

Why does Putin want escalation with the West?

The former head of the Bulgarian state intelligence agency Dimo ​​Gjaurov, in an interview with TV Nova, commented that one of the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the escalation of the conflict with Ukraine is to force Europe and the United States...

Russia Today’s license in Germany revoked, Kremlin retaliates by shutting down Deutsche Welle’s Russian Service

Russian authorities have banned the broadcasting of programs by the German media corporation Deutsche Welle in the country, they closed their offices while the journalists' accreditations for working in Russia were canceled. The decision arrived only two days after Germany canceled the license for...

Russian authorities add oppositionist Navalny to the “Terrorists list”

The leading Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny, who has been jailed for a year, has been proclaimed a “terrorist” by the Russian state. The loudest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule has been included in the list of “terrorists and extremists” by Russia’s federal...