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Buses in Riga do not have segregated seats for Russians

A Facebook post misinforms about the alleged segregationist policy of Riga’s public transport company. It falsely claims that Russian-speaking passengers are required to sit in the back of the bus. The transport company “Rīgas satiksme” (Riga Transport) has denied this claim. Latvia’s state news...

Through Manipulation of Dates, It Is Falsely Claimed that Ukraine Is to Blame for the Mass Graves in Izium

A photo is going viral on social media that is deliberately manipulated and creates a wrong public opinion about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and about who is responsible for the deaths of the killed and buried in mass graves. The claim that Ukrainians...

With an Edited Photo Taken in Russia, Ukraine Is Accused of Being Nazi

The photo in the post we are reviewing, which contains the Ukrainian flag, has been graphically altered and edited, to falsely represent that the flag is Ukrainian. The photo was taken next to the statue of Lenin in the Russian city of Novokuznetsk, next...

With a Fake Photo, the Public is Being Deceived that Zelensky Participated in a Gay Parade

A photo of several people posing at a gay parade accompanies the post. In the photo, there is a person with Zelensky’s face. Truthmeter looked up the same photo through the Tin Aye search engine and found it was taken in 2006, not 1999...

It Is Not True that the Russians Announced the Destruction of 830 Ukrainian Combat Vehicles in One Day

What is stated in the title of the text, shared in the post we are reviewing, is not true: “The Russians announced: 830 Ukrainian combat vehicles destroyed in one day”. The figure refers to the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, which can...

European fact-checkers approve a Code of professional standards – Metamorphosis Foundation signatory from N. Macedonia

More than 40 fact-checking organisations across Europe have agreed upon a professional Code that defines the standards of methodology, ethics and transparency required to combat misinformation effectively and with integrity. The “European Code of Standards for Independent Fact-Checking Organisation”, which was published today, has been...

It is not True that Three American Companies Bought Large Agricultural Land in Ukraine

Ukrainian legislation prohibits the sale of agricultural land to foreigners and foreign-owned companies. This restriction can be lifted, but first, there must be a referendum, and no referendum was held for this purpose in Ukraine. Therefore, it is not true that three large American...

Janko Bačev Shares an Unfounded Statement by Fidel Castro about the Next War in Europe

The leader of the political party “United Macedonia”, Janko Bačev, shared on his Facebook profile a statement allegedly made by the former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro. However, even though Castro never said anything like Bačev claims, this post has gone viral with 180...

High price for the highways loan, China remains in North Macedonia constructing even with European money

North Macedonia obtained a loan from the Exim Bank of China for the construction of the highways Kičevo - Ohrid, and Miladinovci - Štip, and now we are repaying the loan installments expensively due to the record strengthening of the US dollar against the...

Counterspin: The Humanitarian Aspect of the Concern Expressed by “Levica” about the Tanks is a Disguised Position of Moscow

It is extremely irresponsible to “sell” a disguised Russian position that Ukraine has no right to self-defence under the guise of “humanitarian concern for the Ukrainian”. This is exactly the political position of “Levica”, which is, in fact, a spin, because it not only...

Serbian officials on a disinformation campaign for Kosovo Serbs

The Kosovo Police (KP) on July 7, implementing the decision of the Basic Court in Ferizaj, raided several locations in the municipality of Shtërpcë. According to the prosecutor of the case, the purpose of this KP action was to control some locations where illegal Serbian...

President Vucic’s false alarms for Kosovo Serbs

Serbian officials have returned to the war-mongering discourse after the decision of the Government of Kosovo on June 29 obliging Serbian citizens to change Serbia’s illegal license plates into RKS ones. During the meeting of the Government, the decision was made to enable the registration of...

Misinformative headline about the “long-awaited agreement” between Kosovo and Serbia

On June 21, Kosovo and Serbia finalized the roadmap for the implementation of energy agreements in the four municipalities of northern Kosovo: North Mitrovica, Leposaviq, Zveçan and Zubin Potok. The roadmap is based on the 2013 agreement, which was reached in Brussels as part of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue,...

Kosovo authorities denounce Russia’s claim of ‘mercenaries killed from Kosovo’ as misinformation

Parallel to the continuation of war in Ukraine, the Russian Federation is aggressively engaging in disseminating false information, including in the region and Kosovo. Recently, the Ministry of Interior of Russia has published a list, where it is claimed that over 7,000 mercenaries from...

Did exports between Albania – China increase and what do experts say about Chinese influence?

Albania’s exports to China have marked in increase in 2022 by 67%. INSTAT official data, after being processed by Faktoje, showed China of “taking” ores, chromium, and copper concentrates from our country. Increase of export figures was recently announced even by the Chinese Ambassador...

How does the content of the Chinese blog platform reach the domestic media

In its articles, the web portal Webtribune often conveys information from a Chinese blog where content can be published by anyone, thus presenting the blog as a credible media source. Readers reported several articles on Webtribune, which are based on using the same disinformation strategy...

There is not a Russian decision to “return” the NATO alliance to its borders from 1997

In their headlines, some web portals manipulatively presented the statement of a Russian deputy as an official decision of Russia. On May 15, 2022, Webtribune published an article with the title claiming that “Russia has decided” to return NATO to its borders from 1997: RUSSIA HAS DECIDED, AND...

The nuclear war put at the service of clicks and spreading fear

The potential use of nuclear weapons is often mentioned in the context of the war in Ukraine. As a rule, reporting on this topic is followed by sensationalist and manipulative headlines that try to attract clicks. Early in the morning on February 24, 2022, the...

Narrative Analysis – All president’s people: Russian commentators in Serbian media

As part of the program Regional Initiative to Combat Disinformation, we present you a new monthly analysis of fake news and disinformation narratives. All president’s people: Russian commentators in Serbian media   Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, part of the media in the Serbian...

Sbunker: Bomb threats, a concern for the security of the country

The wave of threats in the region with false bomb alerts has also affected Kosovo. Threatening messages from anonymous addresses were sent to the University, schools, airport and bus stations. So far, no bomb has been found. But alarms spread panic, also challenging the capacities...