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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...

Rosana Aleksoska: Russian influence is Particularly Present At Important Periods and Events in North Macedonia

The NGO MOST recently published a study dedicated to the fight against false news and narratives. The study “Disinformation and information distortion in North Macedonia December 2021” focuses on the dominant narratives in 2020, with a special focus on articles published in the period from January 1 to May 10. A total of 2,658 articles from 211 portals and...

Truthmeter.mk: Thirty Children with Cerebral Palsy Live In Isolation in Ohrid, the State Is Silent

Children with cerebral palsy in Ohrid live in complete isolation. They do not have any day care centers. Parents complain that their children are discriminated against and excluded from society, Truthmeter.mk writes.   Author: Sonja Rilkovska   Children with cerebral palsy from Ohrid face total isolation. Excluded from the educational process and social life, fully disconnected, they are locked in their homes. There...

Truthmeter.mk: Narratives which Russia uses to influence news media in Western Balkans

A research titled "Russia’s narratives toward the Western Balkans", published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) identified several Russian narratives in the news media in the Western Balkans. The research is based on the media reporting in 2018, which cited the Serbian edition of the Russian state news agency "Sputnik". The Sputnik website, which...

Truthmeter.mk: A protest justifying aggression against a sovereign country

A small group of citizens protested in front of the Ukrainian embassy last week with a classic exchange of theses – to declare the victim of aggression by the “big brother” a justified goal and to wrap it all in some imaginary ideological sugarcoating, writes Truthmeter.mk We republish the analysis below:   Is there any justification for the annexation of a part...

Counterspin: High gas import prices are not related to North Macedonia government”s negotiation capabilities

The claim of VMRO-DPMNE that the Government did not provide low gas prices, unlike “all governments in the region and the world” is a spin. The price of imported natural gas depends very little on the government’s negotiating capabilities, writes Truthmeter.mk. We republish below Truthmeter's article under our syndication agreement: Author: Goran Lefkov   The political party VMRO-DPMNE in a statement published on...

Truthmeter.mk: Agency for management of confiscated property operates at half capacity

The Agency employs 45 people, half of whom are security guards. According to the systematization, there should be 75 employees. Thousands of vehicles are awaiting court rulings. The value of the confiscated property is an indicator of the (non)functioning of the anti-corruption system, writes Truthmeter.mk We republish below Truthmeter's article under our syndication agreement:   Author: Goran Lefkov   If one wishes to determine...

Truthmeter.mk: National media do not cover two thirds of the citizens with correspondents from their places of residence

Meta.mk, under the cooperation agreement, republishes Truthmeter.mk's analysis: The number of correspondents from the interior of the country is reduced to a minimum. Macedonian Radio and Television has barely employed a few journalists from the interior, while private televisions receive information from part-time journalists   Author: Goran Lefkov   Uninsured, without employment contracts, with their own vehicle and equipment, few correspondents and media workers...

Truthmeter.mk: Public Prosecutor’s Office operates with only a third of the planned staff

Budget cuts, lack of resources, and lack of staff ultimately result poorly in the fight against corruption. The Public Prosecutor’s Office should play a leading role in the fight against corruption, but, unfortunately, this is a major obstacle in North Macedonia, writes Truthmeter.mk. Meta.mk republishes the story in its entirety below:   Author: Goran Lefkov The insufficient number of professional associates and other...

Truthmeter.mk: Why the Russian Sputnik vaccine is not yet approved In Australia?

On the eve of the Australian Open tennis tournament, it became evident that some of the tennis players vaccinated with two doses of Sputnik vaccine, from the Russian manufacturer Gamaleya Research Institute, will not be able to participate in the tournament, because this vaccine is not approved in Australia, writes Truthmeter.mk Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below:   Russian...

Truthmeter.mk: The vaccines are functional, but no one claims they are 100% effective

Meta.mk under the cooperation agreement with Truthmeter.mk republishes its debunking of disinformation spread among the Facebook users in North Macedonia: Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people can become infected and transmit the virus, although the difference in the outcome of the disease can be very different for the two groups. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among the unvaccinated, which...

Truthmeter.mk: The PCR tests are not poisonous

Meta.mk under the cooperation agreement with Truthmeter.mk republishes its debunking of disinformation spread among the Facebook users in North Macedonia: The PCR test is just a simple plastic swab with a cotton ball on top, which is used to collect samples from the nose and throat and then process them in a laboratory. It does not contain toxins, it does...

Truthmeter: There is no evidence that the blood count worsens after getting COVID-19 vaccine

A post on Facebook, without any scientific evidence and facts, is trying to convince the people that if they get a vaccine against COVID-19, their blood count will worsen. This is one of the posts on Facebook that are part of the anti-vaxxer campaign, informs Truthmeter.mk. Shocking! The people who have taken a "V" have a worsened blood count! A...

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...

Metamorphosis Foundation panel discussion: Fact-checking provides citizens with right information necessary to make right decisions

The fact-checking is just a small part of the fight against disinformation, which is a hard and arduous undertaking in this digital age, amidst the rising impact of social networking on our lives. This is the conclusion of the panel discussion on the occasion of the 2nd of April – The International Fact-Checking Day, which was organized by the...

Truthmeter refutes the disinformation spread by Janko Bachev on Facebook

We are posting the Truthmeter's refutation in its entirety: Truthmeter.mk refutes the claims of Janko Bachev, the president of the political party "Edinstvena Makedonija"'s (One Macedonia), who in the past several days and weeks has been persistently disinforming the general public, stating that he was exposed to „strong pressure and blockades“ by Truthmeter.mk, adding that he also said that...

Truthmeter.mk: Only Ekaterina Zaharieva sees equality between late Yugoslav President Tito and Hitler

The historical facts state that Josip Broz Tito was the organizer and the leader of the partisan movement in Yugoslavia starting from 1941 until the end of WWII. Without a doubt, his rule was undemocratic, there were weaknesses and could be criticized, but it is absurd to compare him to Hitler. And even if Tito was really the harshest...

Facebook in partnership with Metamorphosis Foundation and Truthmeter launches a fact-checking program in North Macedonia

Today, Facebook announced that together with the Metamorphosis Foundation and Truthmeter, will launch a third-party fact-checking program in North Macedonia. Besides our country, Facebook is launching this program in other countries in the region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, while the existing program in Croatia will be expanded. As part of Facebook’s fight against misinformation, the company is collaborating...