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Disinformation is a security problem, we should start working together to prevent consequences

The disinformation poses a threat to North Macedonia's security and all the factors in the society must work together to prevent the consequences. This, among other things, was said at the "Solutions and Next Steps - Recommendations for Joint Action" session of the "Dealing...

People in North Macedonia aware about disinformation, but counteracting this evil requires great efforts

The main actors in the process of counteracting the effects of the disinformation should be the institutions that are tasked with the creation of media policies, but also the media outlets and the journalists. Still, a systematic approach, with participation of several other factors...

Metamorphosis Foundation conference: Disinformation can contribute to destabilization of North Macedonia

The disinformation is directed against our Euro-Atlantic orientation; in particular, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, North Macedonia is target of disinformation whose aim is to incite anti-Western sentiments among the citizens of North Macedonia and to promulgate hazy alternatives for...

Truthmeter: Russian Propaganda in Macedonia after the Referendum until NATO Membership

This analysis documents the Russian propaganda after the consultative referendum on the Prespa Agreement in 2018, the turmoil in the political parties VMRO-DPMNE and “United Macedonia” due to Russian influence before the constitutional changes, Russian disinformation and other nervous reactions after the constitutional changes...

Truthmeter: Pro-Russian political party “Rodina Makedonija” – disinformation, conspiracy theories and inciting hatred

The pro-Russian party “Rodina Makedonija” was a source of disinformation about Ukraine even before the start of the military invasion by Russia. Earlier, the party spread disinformation that incited hatred of NATO, the EU, the Prespa Agreement, Covid-19 and vaccinations, censuses and local elections,...

Filip Stojanovski: 83% of people in North Macedonia see disinformation as problem for society

At the debate show Click Plus on TV 21 on the 10th of May, Filip Stojanovski of Metamorphosis Foundation, spoke on the raising of North Macedonia's general public awareness about the negative effects of disinformation. He stressed that according to the new public opinion...

Truthmeter: Russian disinformation propaganda in Macedonia before the 2018 Referendum

While EU and US experts gave instructions on “How the Balkan should defend itself against Russian propaganda?” In 2018 Macedonia was targeted not only by increased Russian propaganda influence but also by Russian political influence by supporting the Macedonian clone of “United Russia” (see analysis)....

Debate: Pro-Russian narratives in North Macedonia’s media serve to cast doubt in country’s North Atlantic orientation

There are indications that part of the political party structures were created with Russian assistance as well, especially in the period when Gruevski's regime began to crumble i.e. when it was clear that it cannot stick around anymore. Starting from 2015, with the presentation...

Alternative medicine magazines as another tool for glorifying Russia through propaganda

In North Macedonia, several Russian alternative medicine magazines are sold: “Russian herbalist”, “Russian doctor” and “Russian medicine”. They send messages such as: “Russian advice is worth your health”, “Russians have medicine” and “You ask, Russian doctors answer”. In these magazines, folk medicine is “Russian...

Andrey Zakharov from the BBC Russian service: For 8 years, the Propaganda has been preparing people to support the war in Ukraine

Андреј Захаров
Andrey Zakharov is an investigative journalist from the Russian service of BBC. He moved from Russia in November last year, when he was being designated as foreign agent in Russia, as many other journalists. He is currently living in one European country. In an...

Russia donates monuments throughout Skopje and determines what inscriptions they will carry

"Eternal glory to the heroic fighters from the anti-Hitler's coalition who defeated Nazism and freed the European nations!" This sentence has been inscribed on the monument behind the Universal Hall in the center of Skopje, that was officially opened on the 9th of May...

Truthmeter: The Serbs in North Macedonia do not justify the war in Ukraine, but some of them support Russia

Serbs as well as some members of the Serbian-Macedonian associations in Polog are against the invasion of any country and are in favor of preserving the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. But some of them, despite condemnation from many countries and organizations, as...

The role of the Albanian parties in NMacedonia in the context of the fight against the Russian influence

Although N. Macedonia is historically, but also geographically oriented towards Euro-Atlantic values, the government led by VMRO-DPMNE and DUI led by the former Prime Minister, now asylum seeker Nikola Gruevski, often “flirted” with Russia. The overthrow of this government was not so easy, it...

Filip Stojanovski: Various actors are trying to undermine democracy with disinformation

At this year's "DISICON - Information Integrity’s Role in Defending Democracy" conference, Filip Stojanovski, Metamorphosis Foundation's Partnership and Resource Development Director, spoke about the foreign interventions in the process of undermining democracy, but also about Metamorphosis Foundation's efforts in the fight against disinformation, writes...

Russian Propaganda in Macedonia in 2018: “United Macedonia” as a “Pawn” of “United Russia”

The recent expulsion of five Russian diplomats is not the first expulsion of Russian diplomats from Macedonia. For the first time, Macedonia expelled a Russian diplomat in 2018, when not only the intensified Russian propaganda influence was noticeable, but also an attempt for Russian...

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...

The Russian scientific, educational and cultural cobweb in North Macedonia

The cobweb of Russian influence in North Macedonia is also being built through science, education and culture. This is achieved by placing topics related to scientific, cultural and educational, as well as a religious community with Russia, joint appearances and celebrations of important dates...

Ibraimi: There are indications that the Russian influence will continue in the Balkans despite the war in Ukraine

In general, I do not believe that the Russian disinformation campaign and the current support of the misperception about the war in Ukraine will affect the possible change of the foreign policy of N. Macedonia. There are currently no real opportunities for war in...

Bujar Osmani: Our country is in coordination with NATO and EU countries to prevent Russian disinformation in North Macedonia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, in an interview with Portalb.mk says that disinformation and propaganda are tools of war and that the Government treats them as such. He says that the state has difficulties in preventing the daily mass...

Truthmeter: Although Mayor Bexheti promised, construction work on the Saraj Polyclinic was not completed in February

Although the mayor of Saraj, Blerim Bexheti, said that the construction works of the polyclinic in this municipality will be completed in February, it has not been realized. According to the field photos, the work in this building continues. The work will not be...