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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...

North Macedonia climbs 33 places in the 2022 World Press Freedom Index

North Macedonia ranked 57th on the Reporters Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, climbing 33 places compared to 2021. Our country, together with Montenegro, marks the biggest leap in the Balkans region in the media freedom ranking. In this year's list, Montenegro marks a leap of 41 places compared to last year, but it is ranked 63rd on...

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...

Creating fascination with Russia’s power in media and on social networks in North Macedonia

One of the simplest ways to influence a wider number of people is to glorify a country. Positive glorification can evoke admiration, a sense of belonging and community, a sense of protection, an ever-present refuge, an alternative available to citizens and the state… This is especially possible in times of stunted development or unfulfilled expectations or dissatisfaction with speed...

Metamorphosis Foundation starts channels for instant communication between journalists and institutions in North Macedonia

Metamorphosis Foundation has started an initiative for instant messaging communication between the institutions and the journalists in North Macedonia for the sake of checking the truthfulness of content delivered to the public, Council of Media Ethics informs. "Four closed WhatsApp groups were formed for the following subjects that are of special public interest, both for the state and the citizens:...

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...

Young people claim they can recognize false news, but they believe the disinformation about COVID-19

Around three quarters (74%) of the people in North Macedonia that responded to the questions at the online poll for youngsters have answered they can recognize false news. Twenty-one percent (21%) have never thought that certain news is false, while the remaining 5% have responded that they cannot recognize false news. The online polls for young people were carried out...

Macedonian journalist associations against a law that will allow state advertising in the media

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Macedonian Independent Syndicate of Journalists and Media Workers (MISJM), and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), and the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) voiced their opposition to the possible amendments of Article 102 of the Law for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, that would allow public institutions to advertise...

Prime Minister Zaev: Disinformation spreads hatred and I expect bolder steps from the Association of Journalists

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is expecting bolder steps from the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) in the fight against disinformation and its spread in the media. These not only spread hatred, but also have a detrimental effect on the honor and dignity of individuals and also damage country's interests and wreck or derail its strategies. "From what...

Decline of critical thinking and rise of disinformation, propaganda, and hate speech

"The Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens - Crithink" project, implemented by Metamorphosis Foundation and Eurothink with the support from the European Union, as part of the Media Literacy Days in North Macedonia, yesterday held a public panel discussion on the results of research on media literacy and critical thinking conducted in the previous year. "The worsened financial situation of the...

Wiretapped conversations about the closure of A1 TV: We have to cancel their licence and let them cry afterward

Two new "bombs" showed up on the Fenix A1 Youtube channel. In the first wiretapped recording, there are conversations where allegedly the voices of the former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, and the former Prosecutor Ljupcho Shvrgovski can be heard. The second "bomb" allegedly features conversations between the former Director of the Public Revenue Office,...

OSCE/ODIHR: National broadcasters’ reporting lacked profound and analytical coverage of the election campaign activities

The numerous debates and talk-shows were mainly used by the participants as platforms for mutual personal criticism, note OSCE/ODIHR's observers in their report regarding the monitoring of national broadcasters during the election process in North Macedonia. The preliminary report also states that the newscasts of all national broadcasters monitored by the ODIHR SEAM provided superficial coverage of the campaign activities,...

Fake news and (self) regulation in the focus of the electoral manifestos of VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM

The media and the self-regulation, the threats and lawsuits that the journalists face, the fake news, media literacy, and the financial support for the media are all present in the electoral manifestos of two of the biggest political parties that will be participating in North Macedonia's parliamentary elections on the 15th of July. In VMRO-DPMNE's electoral manifesto titled "Renewal of...

The electoral system remains a source of crisis in North Macedonia

Фото: Борче Поповски
With the latest amendments to the Electoral Code from February 2020, some improvements have been made, primarily in voter registration, in voting procedures, and in expanding and clarifying the competencies of the State Audit Office (SAO) and the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) on financial control. However, the election model remained with six constituencies (in the country) and...

The Government will subsidize the social security contributions for media workers for three months

During yesterday's session, the Government adopted a Decree to subsidize the social security contributions for media employees. The Decree determines the conditions, the ways, and the procedures for covering the social security contributions for media employees who worked and reported about the COVID-19 situation during the state of emergency i.e. during June, July, and August 2020, informed the Government's...

Journalists associations: Government’s decree for aid for media selective – does not include all media

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Macedonian Independent Syndicate of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) expressed their concern about the situation of local and regional broadcasters, who announced they will go on strike by stopping the program temporarily. "This decision by local and regional broadcasters comes after the Government's decree from the 30th of May 2020, according...

Metamorphosis Foundation: The biggest threat is the disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemics

The Metamorphosis Foundation celebrating 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, underlines that the COVID-19 pandemics which marked the days since the beginning of this years has pinpointed to the necessity of providing credible reporting and information and to the necessity of waging continuous war against the disinformation. The World Press Freedom Day this year is being celebrated for the 27th...

How Russia influences Serbian media

An opinion poll conducted by the Institute for European Affairs in September 2019 shows that 23 percent of Serbian citizens believe Russia is Serbia's largest aid donor. In reality, Russia hasn't made the top 10 of Serbia's largest donors since 2000, according to the data by the Ministry of European Integration. The EU tops the list with 2.96 billion euros in aid, followed...

Russia intensively abuses the dire financial situation of the media in the Balkans

One of the most effective mechanisms for amplifying Russian influence in SEE has been the deployment of sharp power instruments such as media capture, cultural and religious ties and sponsoring of civil society activities. These aim to create a favorable environment for the presence of Russia’s businesses, while at the same time deepen political divides and sow mistrust in...