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EFJ: Six attacks against journalists in December following escalating tensions in Kosovo

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) raises the alert on the increasing threats surrounding journalists and media workers reporting on the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo from the North of Kosovo, and joins its affiliate the Association of Journalists in Kosovo (AJK) in asking the competent authorities, including the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), the...

“e-Society.mk”: Video surveillance can easily “delete” privacy

(This content is a translation of the original article in Macedonian, published on the 7th of December 2022) The video surveillance systems and the processing of biometric data have an enormous inherent risk of violating privacy, which is one of the human rights, and intrusion of the security services and the authorities in the private lives. That was the topic...

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...

Defamation lawsuit against Serbian investigative media outlet KRIK sets a dangerous precedent

Just a few days before receiving the EU Award for Investigative Journalism in Serbia 2022 on November 16, the Serbian investigative media outlet KRIK was sentenced in a SLAPP defamation lawsuit by a Serbian court for publishing news about a criminal trial, quoting the defendant's claim that a criminal gang had ties to the Interior Minister. SLAPP suits, short for strategic lawsuits against...

TE-TO will provide central heating for Skopje using imported gas from Serbia, the produced electricity to be sold to Belgrade

North Macedonia and Serbia are negotiating a contract for gas distribution to North Macedonia, so that the combined electric power plant TE-TO in Skopje can continue working without delays. During a press conference, the Republic of North Macedonia Government's Advisor for Energetics sector, Viktor Andonov informed that there are talks with our northern neighbor for import of the needed quantities...

Janjić: The Russian military intelligence service GRU is behind the litany against the EuroPride in Belgrade

Serbian political analyst Dušan Janjić said that since the members of the Night Wolves Motorcycle club have led the litany and protest in Belgrade against the EuroPride, it is evident to him that the Russian military intelligence service was its background organizer, informs the Danas daily newspaper. Janjić commented on the Serbian Prva TV the gathering named "A Litany...

Litany in Belgrade with Night Wolves motorcade and posters of Putin against the EuroPride event in September

A "Litany for the salvation of Serbia" was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Sunday, the 28th of August 2022, with the participants carrying church icons and photographs of Vladimir Putin. The walk was led by the motorcade of the Night Wolves motorcycle club and it was organized to protest the EuroPride (LGBTI manifestation) that was scheduled...

Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs, Bosnians and Croats joined to launch a satellite into space

Five partner organizations from North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Croatia are planning to jointly launch the first satellite from this region into space by the end of this year, informs the Bosnian public broadcasting service BH TV. All of this is due to the foundation of the Space Association of Southeastern Europe and India, which is...

North Macedonia will not withdraw from Open Balkan Initiative despite Serbia’s position on Russia

The Government of North Macedonia will not withdraw from the "Open Balkan Initiative" regardless of Serbia's refusal to impose sanctions on Russia, as the West, but also Albania and North Macedonia did, due to the aggression on Ukraine. According to the Government fo North Macedonia, Serbia's position regarding the situation in Ukraine is its inner affair, writes Portalb.mk. "Notwithstanding what...

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...

Truthmeter: Serbian authorities spy on visiting Russian citizens on behest of Kremlin

Backroom cooperation and ties between Serbia and Russia lead to spying on Russian opposition figures having a meeting in Belgrade. After the spy tapes were delivered to Kremlin an arest of Russian opposition leader takes place. Another story showing how far undemocratic regimes are willing to go to stay in power completely disregarding the rights of their citizens, writes...

Zoo in Serbia investigates animal theft after Meta.mk’s article about smuggled lion cub Simba

The Zoological Garden in Palić, in the north of Serbia, is analyzing the footage from its security cameras near the lion cages, after the journalists from Suboticke.rs read Meta.mk's article about the lion cub Simba and sounded the alarm that the cub perhaps comes from this zoo, Sonja Mandić, the interim director of the zoo, revealed for Meta.mk. In the...

The Battleground: Montenegro in Crisis – Serbian Nationalist Threats

This article by Srdja Pavlovic was first published in The Battleground and is reprinted by Meta.mk with permission. Montenegro’s Democratic Front (DF) recently issued its most significant threat to date to their partners in the ruling coalition. Milan Knezevic, who has been recognised as the party’s most ardent Russophile, called on his coalition partners to respect the electoral results and allow...

Zaev, Vucic and Rama signed the first official documents of the OpenBalkan Initiative

As the first important steps of a new and concrete impulse to promote regional co-operation within the framework of the "OpenBalkan" Initiative, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, yesterday signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Protection and Rescue Operations in Natural Disasters in the Western...

Legendary Italian comics series Zagor turns 60

Comics fans from Italy, a large portion of the Balkans and Turkey have been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the publication of Zagor comics series, which for decades has been one of the most popular in the region. The first episode featuring Zagor was published on June 15, 1961 by the Italian publishing company Sergio Bonelli Editore. The comics was...

Tourists from Serbia will not pay road tolls in North Macedonia this summer – Macedonian government provides 200,000 free toll cards

Nationals of Serbia traveling with private cars will not pay the road tolls in North Macedonia this summer. This decision is a response by the government of North Macedonia to Serbia's humane act to give for free tens of thousands of vaccines against COVID-19 to Macedonia. The Government of North Macedonia ordered the Interior Ministry to allocate electronic road toll...

Slovenian non-paper on dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina published, does not envision breakup of North Macedonia

The Slovenian web site "Necenzurisano.si" published yesterday (15th of April 2021) the unofficial diplomatic document, i.e. non-paper, titled "Western Balkans - the Road Ahead", being the subject of speculations that the Slovenian Prime Minister has sent it to Brussels. The non-paper predicts dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and merging Republika Srpska with Serbia, as well as Kosovo merging with...

Slander campaign threatens Serbian civil society organizations and independent media

During recent weeks, politicians and pro-government media have been conducing a slander campaign against leading civil society organizations and independent media in Serbia. Organizations targeted with high profile slander campaign include CRTA (Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability), which runs the oversight initiative Open Parliament and the fact-checking outlet Istinomer, and investigative reporting outlet KRIK, which runs anti-disinformation site Raskrikavanje. In...

After actress Štajndeld’s claims, Serbian journalist Hristina Stoiljković also accuses Lečić of sexual harassment

After actress Danijela Štajnfeld's claim announced that she was a victim of sexual harassment by her colleague actor, director, and former minister of culture of Serbia, Branislav Lečić, the journalist Hristina Stoiljković went forward with similar claim. Stoiljković claims that she has met Lečić during the "One minute until 12 o'clock“, and later Branislav began prowling on her. On her...

Actress Danijela Štajnfeld accuses Serbian politician and actor Branislav Lečić of rape

Serbian actress Danijela Štajnfeld testified at the High Public Prosecution in Belgrade that the actor, politician, former minister and member of the Democratic party Branislav Lećić had raped her. As nova.rs published, the actress had previously revealed in the documentary film "Heal Me" that she had been raped by a powerful man in the film industry. With the article, the...