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The EFCSN Association presented in Brussels as an advocate and voice for fact-checkers in Europe

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) presented its Governance Body and newly-written Code of professional standards at a public event in Brussels on November 16 attended by representatives of EU institutions, digital media platforms and civil society. Over the past year, the EFCSN project has brought together nearly 50 fact-checking organisations from across Europe to write a Code of professional standards that organisations will...

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...

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 structures operate in Kosovo. During this action in the facilities of the illegal municipality 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, mediated by the EU. The same agreement was confirmed in 2015. However, for nine years the...

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 third countries have been engaged in Ukraine. According to this ministry, 156 of them are...

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 to Albania, Mr. Zhou Ding thus describing it a friendship indicator between the countries. “In the...

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 of manipulative presentation of certain sources as official and credible, even though they are not....

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 THERE IS NO WAY BACK: We will return NATO to its borders from 1997 with...

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 Russian army attacked several cities in Ukraine, and since that moment, the media has been intensively reporting...

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 language has started to transmit statements and texts of Russian military and political analysts, with...

Montenegro joins “Open Balkans” and Edi Rama does not deal with Kosovo and other misleading news about BiH

The initiative of the three countries of the Western Balkans, Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia, known as the "Open Balkans" continues to be one of the most controversial topics in Kosovo and the region. The last meeting of this initiative, which was organized in Ohrid, Northern Macedonia, on June 8, in addition to member states, in the capacity of observers...

Russian and Serbian officials continue to deny the Recak Massacre

Even three months after Russia's aggression on Ukraine, misinformation statements by Russian and Serbian officials on Kosovo have continued. The latest one came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who in an interview with "Sputnik" in Russia and broadcast by Serbian media has denied the Recak massacre in Kosovo. During the interview, Lavrov was quoted as saying that it had been "discovered"...

“Oil crisis”, INSTAT figures and importers: No room for panic

Russia and Ukraine remains the two main oil importers to the country, despite the war between them. Following alarms raised by importers as the country is in danger of not having oil in the market, INSTAT data processed by Faktoje showed that in the first 4 months of this year, total oil imports decreased by only 2%. Furthermore, the...

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...

The war in Ukraine has increased tensions between Kosovo and Serbia

Long before the conflict in Ukraine escalated into a full-scale war by Russia, tensions in the Western Balkans were present, as was Russia's interest in the Western Balkans remaining a troubled area within Europe and being used as a threat, whenever deemed useful to its interests. Not more than 6 years ago, the involvement of the Russian secret service in a...

Manipulation of incidents in Serb-majority areas in Kosovo

Serb officials continue to label incidents/thefts in Serb community areas as ethnically-based, claiming they are in sync with statements of Kosovo politicians, aimed at expelling Serbs from Kosovo. The so-called Office for Kosovo in the Government of Serbia published a press release on May 16, claiming that there were new attacks on Serbs, where two shops in the village of Prekovc...

Albania stands neither for Russia, nor for Ukraine

From 1st May to 30rd September, all Russians coming to Albania for tourism purposes do not need a visa. The government decided to facilitate the procedures for tourist season when Russia is applying a strict visa regime for Albania. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Albania to ban Russian tourists, however the Albanian government does not intend to do so....

Misinformation headlines on NATO

Before, during, and after the parliamentary/presidential elections held in Serbia on April 3, online websites without Impressum continued to spread misinformation related to security in Kosovo, guaranteed by the NATO Mission. One of these websites published an article saying that the situation is alarming and that Kosovo should be careful, as the Serbian army can occupy it in a...

Narrative Analysis – The Economic Destruction of the West

As part of the program Regional Initiative to Combat Disinformation, it is our great pleasure to present you the first analyses of fake news and disinformation narratives. "Economic Collapse of the West": Media Narratives in Serbia about the consequences of the war in Ukraine During April 2022, most of the tabloid media in Serbia reported in a dramatic way on the...

MP blaming Ukraine for Bucha massacre, fled to Russia since the beginning of the war

The statement of the pro-Russian Ukrainian politician and former presidential candidate, Mr. Ilya Kiva that Bucha massacre was committed by Ukraine itself with the British, shocked the entire public. As this news circulated even in Albania, Faktoje carried out an in-depth verification showing that Kiva, the former right-wing MP, fled to Russia since the beginning of the war. Such...