Macedonian Academic and Research Network (MARNET) reacted to yesterday’s press conference by the Deputy Minister of Information Society, Alexander Kiracovski, where he accused the network of stealing the domain “zbogumnikola.mk” (FarewellNikola.mk) which was bought by the SDSM.

MARNET says that for five years now, they have been operating as an independent public institution without any stains on their record and that they are the regional leaders when it comes to internet and e-registration for national domain.

This is not the first time MARNET have refused to register a domain name. The first time known to the public occurred in 2010. They did not give a concrete explanation or reason, but MARNET did not allow the registration of the domain “wikileaks.mk”.

At the time, hosting company “MK Host” on their Twitter account then wrote that on the same day when they requested to register “Wikileaks” there had been requests for two other domains. The others were registered, and “Wikileaks” was not.

“Through our website we received an order for the registration of the domain “wikileaks.mk”, which we immediately forwarded to MARNET. On the same day we forwarded two other domains. After two or three days, the two other domains were registered, but  “wikileaks.mk” was not”,  said at the time Ivan Petrusevski from “MK Host.”

At yesterday’s press conference Kiracovski said that he will request an inspection take place to review how MARNET functions.

Because they were unable to register with the requested domain (‘.mk’) SDSM decided that the website will now be called zbogumnikola.com.

The ruling party sent a response saying “SDSM can not even register a website and they want to lead the country.”