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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 polls, a large number of people consider the disinformation a serious problem for the society...

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 independent media are facing. The World Press Freedom Day is the perfect opportunity to emphasize...

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 of the audio "bombs" and the situation with the events in Kumanovo that...

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 Portalb.mk. Stojanovski stressed that the integrity of the information and the integrity of the elections...

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 army into Ukraine should bring “demilitarization and denationalization of the Ukrainian armed forces and the...

Counterspin: Russia Was Not Forced To Attack Ukraine to Defend Itself

From the very beginning of his column in the daily newspaper “Nova Makedonija”, Russian Ambassador Sergei Baznikin points out that Russia is committed to a quick cessation of hostilities and finding a solution through diplomacy, at the negotiating table. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Russia is ready for a diplomatic solution to the situation with Ukraine....

Stojanovski for Lokalno: Political and Media Circles Have Been Accustoming Macedonians for Years That Hate Speech Is Something “Normal”

Since the Russian-Ukrainian crisis started, a propaganda war started on social media in our country, full of hate speech and “cheering” for one of the warring parties. Certain political and media circles have for years been accustoming the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia that hate speech is something “normal” and that calls for violence are a “normal” part...

Truthmeter.mk: The vaccine does not change your genome and you do not become prey to a “transhumanist agenda”

Meta.mk republishes in its entirety Truthmeter.mk's fact-check: We are reviewing a Facebook post in which a video was shared by a Russian bishop, who said that “global elites want to wipe out 6 billion people.” He adds that world leaders marched under the banner of transhumanism. The post we are reviewing adds that Russia is at a historic crossroads before...

Truthmeter.mk: Video from Russia, presented as if it were from Mount Athos, showing the Mother of God

Truthmeter.mk is reviewing a Facebook post, which says that an amazing video from Mount Athos shows the appearance of the Mother of God. According to the description in the text, the video was shot on Mount Athos and shows the appearance of the Most Holy Mother of God.   Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below: Around the figure that people...

Truthmeter.mk: Why the Russian Sputnik vaccine is not yet approved In Australia?

On the eve of the Australian Open tennis tournament, it became evident that some of the tennis players vaccinated with two doses of Sputnik vaccine, from the Russian manufacturer Gamaleya Research Institute, will not be able to participate in the tournament, because this vaccine is not approved in Australia, writes Truthmeter.mk Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below:   Russian...

Truthmeter.mk: The vaccines are functional, but no one claims they are 100% effective

Meta.mk under the cooperation agreement with Truthmeter.mk republishes its debunking of disinformation spread among the Facebook users in North Macedonia: Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people can become infected and transmit the virus, although the difference in the outcome of the disease can be very different for the two groups. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among the unvaccinated, which...

Truthmeter.mk: The PCR tests are not poisonous

Meta.mk under the cooperation agreement with Truthmeter.mk republishes its debunking of disinformation spread among the Facebook users in North Macedonia: The PCR test is just a simple plastic swab with a cotton ball on top, which is used to collect samples from the nose and throat and then process them in a laboratory. It does not contain toxins, it does...

Glenn Beck’s statement about US asking Macedonian authorities not to accept Afghan refugees is false

Meta.mk, under the cooperation agreement with fact-checking service Truthmeter.mk republishes its latest assessment about a viral media manipulation affecting the US and North Macedonia: Conservative US commentator and a long time media figure, owner of The Blaze media network Glenn Beck published a tweet containing a snippet of his interview with the Arkansas senator Tom Cotton. Here is the tweet (Source:...

Truthmeter: There is no evidence that the blood count worsens after getting COVID-19 vaccine

A post on Facebook, without any scientific evidence and facts, is trying to convince the people that if they get a vaccine against COVID-19, their blood count will worsen. This is one of the posts on Facebook that are part of the anti-vaxxer campaign, informs Truthmeter.mk. Shocking! The people who have taken a "V" have a worsened blood count! A...

Much more ought to be done in practice to spread truth – instead of just reacting to disinformation!

Facing the data from numerous public opinion polls and analyses which indicate that the public opinion is shifting away from the mainstream media toward the Internet, mostly to the social networks, and that more and more people are influenced by the social networks and become encapsulated within their own echo chambers or groups of people they share their opinions...

Online conference on disinformation “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens” will be held on 28 June 2021

Metamorphosis Foundation and Eurothink are pleased to announce that the conference on disinformation, titled  “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens” will be held on 28 June 2021 (Monday). The event will be held online, on the “ZOOM” platform, and simultaneous translation in Macedonian, Albanian and English will be provided. The conference, which will start at 11 am, will be attended by decision-makers,...

Discussion about 5G: The advantages are enormous, the dangers, so far, lie only in the conspiracy theories

All the  scientific studies that were conducted or are underway all around the world including the measurements in the places where this technology is implemented, including the measurements during the tests conducted in Skopje, show that 5G technology has no proven adverse effect on people's health or the living environment. It is always good to be cautious, to question...

President of North Macedonia vaccinated in Kumanovo, appeals to all the citizens to register for vaccination

At the vaccination station in Kumanovo, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski received the jab against COVID-19. In accordance with the national vaccination program, President Pendarovski decided together with members of his cabinet to get the vaccines in this municipality, in order to raise the awareness of the need for vaccination, informed the President of...

Metamorphosis Foundation marks the World Press Freedom Day – the infodemic remains the chief challenge

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated today, for the 28th time. The Metamorphosis Foundation congratulates all journalists, media workers and all the others who fight for the freedom of expression and for human rights. The free and professional media have a key role in securing knowledge and voice for the citizens, uncovering corruption and developing a culture of criticism where...

Metamorphosis Foundation panel discussion: Fact-checking provides citizens with right information necessary to make right decisions

The fact-checking is just a small part of the fight against disinformation, which is a hard and arduous undertaking in this digital age, amidst the rising impact of social networking on our lives. This is the conclusion of the panel discussion on the occasion of the 2nd of April – The International Fact-Checking Day, which was organized by the...