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“E-Society.mk”: The fight against disinformation requires transparent institutions, active media and civil society efforts

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 7th of December 2022) To minimize the negative effects of disinformation on democracy, we must jointly fight it. For that to happen, the institutions must be transparent and the media and the civil society must actively be checking and debunking disinformation. Media education on critical thinking...

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 to the administrative building of this city in the Kemerovo region of Russia. The flag...

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 as claimed in the post. Zelensky is not in the original photo, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the...

Litany in Belgrade with Night Wolves motorcade and posters of Putin against the EuroPride event in September

A "Litany for the salvation of Serbia" was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Sunday, the 28th of August 2022, with the participants carrying church icons and photographs of Vladimir Putin. The walk was led by the motorcade of the Night Wolves motorcycle club and it was organized to protest the EuroPride (LGBTI manifestation) that was scheduled...

Portalb.mk’s Editor-in-Chief Zylbeari: Fight against disinformation expands, we can counteract disinformation with coordinated actions

As fact-checkers, we have faced many attacks in our work, but that is our routine challenge. I wouldn't like to forecast how the war against the disinformation will end, I just see it as a hybrid war and it will step up. However, with coordinated actions, we can become more resilient. We can start engaging everyone in the society,...

Truthmeter’s Editor-in-Chief Petreski: Western Balkans a target of foreign disinformation campaigns; we are working on revealing them

The malign influences which utilize disinformation spreads in the Western Balkans have a regional nature, and, as a result, one disinformation is crossing the border from one country to another and then it returns to the country of origin in a very degenerated form, and this can cause even greater damage, pinpointed Vladimir Petreski, the Editor-in-Chief of "Truthmeter.mk in...

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 with Disinformation in the Republic of North Macedonia" conference, organized by Metamorphosis Foundation. This session...

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 is essential, said researcher Gjorgji Mitrevski at "The Situations and Challenges Related to the Influence...

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 the EU and NATO. Due to its potential to undermine the strategic orientation, the disinformation...

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...

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 the Balkans. Russian disinformation by hybrid means continues to spread, giving a vain hope to...

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 penetration of disinformation in the creation of public opinion. According to him, the fight against...

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...