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Altered video of dancing Zelenskyy spreads on social networks in North Macedonia’s surroundings

Photo: Screenshot from the altered video Since the beginning of the year, a new deepfake video of Zelenskyy dancing in a red traditional costume has spread on social networks. The video of the President of Ukraine is shared on Facebook and TikTok. The video, however, is a fabricated clip from 2020, showing a Russian dancer on some kind of a...

From Alaska via Putin and Moscow to the Balkans and finally to North Macedonia

PHOTO: Collage: Vladimir Putin, screenshot/YoutTube; map of Alaska, public domain Facebook posts are spreading disinformation regarding Putin’s latest decree according to which Alaska, the Baltic countries, Tibet, and other territories that historically belonged to the USSR and Imperial Russia will be retrieved back. The fake news started from ESSA News (Poland), spread through the Balkans, and finally arrived in North...

The alleged Nazism in Kyiv still the subject of Russian disinformation

Several disinformation narratives have prevailed this year in the Macedonian-language online space and media – from Ukraine’s “statehood being at stake” should the war continue, to the claim that Zelenskyy has lost popularity. The most consistent disinformation narrative, however, concerns the connection between Kyiv elites and Nazism – a narrative directly promoted by Putin and Medvedev. What stands out...

Serbian tabloids “toppled” North Macedonia’s Kovachevski-led government

Photo: Government of North Macedonia Despite the inaccurate, inflammatory, and nationalistic articles online, North Macedonia’s government was not “toppled”, nor did “the Albanians, slowly but surely, seize the power”. The newly elected government is a so-called technical government, also known as a “Przhino government”, in accordance with the Przhino Agreement , signed in 2015. The technical government’s responsibility is to...

A disinformation round “Sofia-Belgrade-Skopje” with a typical Russian flair

The flow of Russian disinformation has become familiar – it starts in Russia, travels to Serbia, and from there, it spreads throughout the entire Western Balkans. In the following case, however, disinformation’s source is in Bulgaria. The avalanche of disinformation started with an episode of the Bulgarian show “Don’t Be Afraid with Vasil Vasilev” and then spread to Serbian...

The video doesn’t show Chinese immigrants fleeing from Russia

Photo: A screenshot from the video The video shared in the post we are fact-checking does not show Chinese immigrants fleeing from Russia following Putin’s offer of citizenship to foreigners fighting for Russia. It shows people traveling from Russia for New Year’s holidays. The video appeared a few days before Putin’s Decree on 4 January, which puts on the fast...

Casino advertisement presented as Satanic ritual in Ukrainian church

Photo: A screenshot from the video A video featuring people donning Satanic costumes, masks, and makeup dancing and singing in Ukrainian is being used by the Russian propaganda apparatus to disinform the public. It is insinuated that it was recorded in Ukrainian church, thus making Ukraine out to be satanic and demonic. However, the video was not recorded in a...

There is no evidence that Ukraine is losing 30,000 troops per month in the war with Russia

Photo: ukrinform.net Ukraine’s former Public Prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, is spreading unconfirmed data regarding the number of killed and wounded Ukrainian troops. In fact, in his own statement he calls upon authorities in Ukraine to publish the accurate data of wounded soldiers, thereby tacitly admitting that his statement was not based on official data. Ukraine has not been disclosing the numbers...

The trust of the Ukrainians in Zelenskyy is not at 42%

Source: ukrinform.net There is no publicly accessible opinion poll in Ukraine which shows that the trust in the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is 42 percent. Research by the Kyiv International Institute for Sociology shows that the public trust in Zelenskyy is 62 percent. However, Gallup’s recent research indicated that the trust of the Ukrainians in him is 81 percent,...

Interviews, newspaper sections, shows and columns – The growing presence of China in the media in North Macedonia

Collage of photographs by Meta.mk   TV shows, newspaper sections dedicated to China, columns and interviews of the Chinese Ambassador to North Macedonia, as well as promoting and publishing media content from leading Chinese media that are under the direct control of the Chinese Communist Party. Unlike the decreased Chinese influence of the pro-European political leadership of the country, the data...

INTERVIEW Gojković-Arbutina: The non-governmental organizations in R. Srpska will be designated foreign agents by law

Criminalizing once again the insult and slander, designating all non-governmental organizations that receive foreign donations (including the organizations working in journalism) as “agents of foreign influence” and establishing a Media Register, where the state decides who may or may not perform a journalistic activity. These are just some of the draft-law provisions that present a serious threat to media freedom...

EU does not negate the Macedonian nation, history and statehood

The facts show that the EU does not deny the Macedonian language, identity, and statehood in any way whatsoever. The reason why Ukraine and Moldova started EU accession talks before North Macedonia is not related to the EU disputing the Macedonian nation, language, history, or statehood, but to the fact that no one blocked the start of accession talks....

A doctored video employed to mock Biden

Photo: A screenshot of the video The sound was edited and does not correspond to the sound of the original video from Biden and Zelenskyy’s press conference (12 December), published by the prestigious Forbes. The audio was technically processed and edited, so it creates the impression that Biden smiled at a specific question from a journalist. But, even if any...

Bojana Zorić: Media literacy is crucial in addressing the problem of foreign interference, the youth is a critical voice in addressing the security challenges

The security problems in the Western Balkans are now also related to disinformation and fake news which try to destabilize the region and may hinder realization of the most important strategic objectives in the Western Balkans. On this topic and others, Portalb.mk conducted an interview with Bojana Zorić, an expert on security issues in the Western Balkans. She emphasizes...

The video of the Official arrival ceremony for Putin in UAE was published by several global media

Photo: A screenshot of the video The video of the arrival ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin organized by the United Arab Emirates was published by several global media, such as Telegraph, Sky News, France 24, and CNN, which tells that the broadcast of the video was not banned, as the post we are fact-checking claims, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing...

Ukraine does not send pregnant women to fight the Russians

Photo: Screenshot from the video in the FB post There is no relevant evidence in support of the video. According to the Centre for Strategic Communication established by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy on countering disinformation, the video is fake and fabricated. The fact is that Ukraine is not sending pregnant women to fight the Russians in...

A manipulation with altered photograph to show Nazy symbol on the Ukrainian uniform

Photo: Screenshot of the FB post The photograph in the fact-checked post, showing two people with Nazi symbols on their uniforms, is altered. Foreign fact-checkers have determined that the Ukrainian flag emblem was added to the uniform of the man on the left. The eagle on the sleeve of the man on the right was copied from the uniform of...

“Russian inclination” is constructed from a 15-year old photograph used in news reports on the Name Dispute

Photo: Screenshot of the FB post The photograph in the post we are fact-checking was used by Russian media in 2007 in the context of reporting on the name dispute between Macedonia and Greece at the time. Parts of the map posted belong to Greece and are marked as Western Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia, and Central Macedonia and they present, in...

Bulgaria did not allow the overflight of Lavrov’s plane due to the sanctions against Zakharova, not because of N. Macedonia

Sergey Lavrov at the press conference in Skopje, 01.12.2023 Photo: Bojan Blazhevski, meta.mk The spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, was part of the Russian delegation at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje. Her presence on the Russian plane forced Bulgaria to revoke the permission to fly over its territory. The reason is not the bilateral dispute...

Levica snatched up Kremlin’s megaphone

Representatives of Levica on the celebration in Moscow on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Soviet Pioneers Photo: Official Levica's FB page A large part of the public in North Macedonia already perceives Levica (The Left) as a pro-Russian party, deeply embedded in the Kremlin propaganda machinery. The party uses the Moscow terminology, calling the...