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Meta.mk’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Blazhevski on young people’s emigration from North Macedonia: We have strategies, their implementation is lacking

We should do more in North Macedonia if we want to lower the number of young people that are fleeing the country. I think we don't have problems when it comes to creating strategies for solving this problem, but the implementation has been lacking, said Meta.mk's Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bojan Blazhevski, speaking at the "The economic migration and brain drain"...

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,...

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...

Young people in North Macedonia wait for appointment at psychologist’s office for two months

The primary and secondary school pupils, but also the undergraduate students in North Macedonia, should have access to free counseling centers, where they will be able to discuss their problems and talk freely about everything which is bothering them. This is the conclusion from the online debate that took place on the 27th of April 2022, organized by the...

Open Data Conference: The public interest prevails on the side of the right to information, as opposed to the right to privacy

The public interest establishes the balance between basic human rights and the freedom of expression/informing and privacy. If the public interest prevails over the private interest, then the data and information can be revealed regardless of if they represent a violation of the privacy of a certain individual or a group. This, among other issues, was stated during the...

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...

Openness Index: Government of North Macedonia first, Parliament third in Western Balkans

According to the latest Openness Index, which ranked four countries from the Western Balkans - North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. their governments and parliaments, the Government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country's Parliament was ranked third. The evaluation of the state of good governance of the parliaments and the executive...

Artificial intelligence has already arrived, we only need to know how to reap the benefits

We should not be afraid that artificial intelligence (AI) could completely replace man, because it can only be a tool that will make some things easier. Just as we all now use a computer and it helps us, so AI can be a tool to be better. For example, those doctors who will use it as a tool will...

Metamorphosis Foundation’s research: Average openness of municipalities in North Macedonia in 2021 was 25%

In North Macedonia there are municipalities that have two official websites or have a website which is not registered with the gov.mk domain. On the other hand, the websites of some municipalities, like the municipality of Saraj, aren't meeting the cyber security standards. Even 12 of the country's local self-government units didn't publish their budgets on their official websites....

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:...

Metamorphosis Foundation: Openness not priority for municipalities in North Macedonia

Only 10 municipalities in North Macedonia have published civil budgets, while the local self-government units are meeting only a modest 27% of the indicators in the sub-domain of financial transparency. The municipalities aren't publishing data about salaries of officials and the salaries of the members of their councils. This is just a small part of the results of the research...

Debate on digitization: There is a basis for fully electronic services, but much remains to be done

For fully digital services for the citizens, it is necessary to provide the proper technical and personnel solutions, to adopt additional legal changes and bylaws, and although now the basis for digitalization is laid, much remains to be done for its successful completion and for it to become a real service to the citizens that will make their lives...

Macedonian journalist associations call on institutions to stop ignoring the calls for lynching of Metamorphosis Foundation’s journalists

Journalist associations Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) are demanding urgent action on part of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and the Public Prosecutor's Office after the continuous open calls for lynching of journalists and other employees...

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...

Disinformation systematically undermining fight against COVID-19 in North Macedonia

The spread of disinformation about the coronavirus and the vaccines against COVID-19 during the pandemic is undermining the fight against the coronavirus, and the state has to take appropriate measures to deal with the disinformation. This, among other things, was pinpointed by the participants in the discussion "Fight Against COVID-19 Related Disinformation" organized by Metamorphosis Foundation as part of...

Discussion about 5G: The advantages are enormous, the dangers, so far, lie only in the conspiracy theories

All the  scientific studies that were conducted or are underway all around the world including the measurements in the places where this technology is implemented, including the measurements during the tests conducted in Skopje, show that 5G technology has no proven adverse effect on people's health or the living environment. It is always good to be cautious, to question...