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Global Voices: With the US intervention, Kosovo and Serbia resolve the car license plate dispute

Kosovo thanks the US; Serbia has its own interpretation, writes "Global Voices". Meta.mk republishes the original article, under the cooperation agreement with "Global Voices".   Two days after Kosovo and Serbia failed to reach an agreement on the row centering on a decision made by the Kosovo government to ban Serbian-issued license plates after a long dispute, the EU announced on November...

Membership is shifting from one pro-Russian party to another in North Macedonia

In the two Macedonian parties with a pro-Russian ideology, “Rodina Makedonija” and “Obedineta Makedonija”, there has been turbulence in the recent period, that is, over 240 founders from “Rodina Macedonia” submitted to the Constitutional Court a request to leave the party, and for it to be deleted from the register of parties. One of the petitioners of this request...

Buses in Riga do not have segregated seats for Russians

A Facebook post misinforms about the alleged segregationist policy of Riga’s public transport company. It falsely claims that Russian-speaking passengers are required to sit in the back of the bus. The transport company “Rīgas satiksme” (Riga Transport) has denied this claim. Latvia’s state news agency LETA reported that police have launched an investigation into alleged stickers on public transport...

Through Manipulation of Dates, It Is Falsely Claimed that Ukraine Is to Blame for the Mass Graves in Izium

A photo is going viral on social media that is deliberately manipulated and creates a wrong public opinion about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and about who is responsible for the deaths of the killed and buried in mass graves. The claim that Ukrainians are responsible for these mass graves has nothing to do with the real situation on...

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...

It Is Not True that the Russians Announced the Destruction of 830 Ukrainian Combat Vehicles in One Day

What is stated in the title of the text, shared in the post we are reviewing, is not true: “The Russians announced: 830 Ukrainian combat vehicles destroyed in one day”. The figure refers to the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, which can be seen from the report of the Russian Ministry of Defense published on September 10....

It is not True that Three American Companies Bought Large Agricultural Land in Ukraine

Ukrainian legislation prohibits the sale of agricultural land to foreigners and foreign-owned companies. This restriction can be lifted, but first, there must be a referendum, and no referendum was held for this purpose in Ukraine. Therefore, it is not true that three large American multinational companies bought over 17 million hectares of Ukrainian agricultural land. Consequently, the dilemma that...

Janko Bačev Shares an Unfounded Statement by Fidel Castro about the Next War in Europe

The leader of the political party “United Macedonia”, Janko Bačev, shared on his Facebook profile a statement allegedly made by the former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro. However, even though Castro never said anything like Bačev claims, this post has gone viral with 180 shares and over 1,000 reactions, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the syndicating agreement between Truthmeter.mk and Meta.mk, we...

High price for the highways loan, China remains in North Macedonia constructing even with European money

North Macedonia obtained a loan from the Exim Bank of China for the construction of the highways Kičevo - Ohrid, and Miladinovci - Štip, and now we are repaying the loan installments expensively due to the record strengthening of the US dollar against the Macedonian denar. In the meantime, after more than eight years and six months since the...

Counterspin: The Humanitarian Aspect of the Concern Expressed by “Levica” about the Tanks is a Disguised Position of Moscow

It is extremely irresponsible to “sell” a disguised Russian position that Ukraine has no right to self-defence under the guise of “humanitarian concern for the Ukrainian”. This is exactly the political position of “Levica”, which is, in fact, a spin, because it not only takes away the right to self-defence, thereby endangering a number of other human rights, but...

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...