Tag "Serbia"

Sputnik Srbija narratives fuel East-West division in Western Balkans, NATO Stratcom Report finds

By EU vs Disinfo Sputnik Srbija emphasises division in the Western Balkans, presenting pro-Western forces as ‘weak’ and ‘corrupt’, aiming to subordinate their neighbours. That is one of the conclusions of a report published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO Stratcom CoE). It analysed the online version of the Kremlin-sponsored outlet Sputnik in the Serbian language for a period of one year (the whole year of 2018). Sputnik Srbija has been

Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro

By EU vs Disinfo Disinformation sharpened tensions between Serbia and Montenegro The divisive situation around the newly adopted Law on Freedom of religion of Montenegro has been used by disinformation outlets in the region to foment division, resembling the practice already detected in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. The adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion, enacted by the Parliament of Montenegro on 27 December 2019, attracted significant media attention

Figure of the week: 35

By EU vs Disinfo Fact-Checkers note a 35 % increase in disinformation, published by Serbian tabloids Not less than 945 unfounded items of news have been published in 2019 by four tabloids (Informer, Srpski Telegraf, Alo and Kurir) with the largest circulation in Serbia, fact-checking platform Raskrikavanje found in their most recent analysis. This is a 35% increase compared to 2018, when the independent website tracked 700 articles circulated by

Moscow’s man in Belgrade

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Will a recent spy bust cause Serbia to reconsider its relationship with Russia? Imagine you are the leader of a country that has caught a Russian spy. Here are a few things you should say to the Russian ambassador. First, show your displeasure. Cancel an upcoming visit, freeze trade talks, postpone other events. Also, discuss expulsions. At least one, and perhaps several officials based at

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites

By Filip Stojanovski, fpr Global Voices Activists of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), nicknamed ‘SNS bots’, have been using a mobile application to post thousands of ‘up-votes’ and ‘down-votes’ on comments to articles of popular media websites Kurir and Espresso, to influence the perceptions of their readers, revealed a research by the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS). In an investigative story published on 4 September 2019, journalists

Sputnik falsely claims that NATO combats Orthodoxy

By Polygraph Sputnik Serbia Russian government-sponsored web portal “The persecution of the SPC [Serbian Orthodox Church] in North Macedonia, as well as the latest heightened tensions and pressure on the SPC diocese in Montenegro can be interpreted as part of the wider strategy of the West to counter Orthodoxy.” Source: Sputnik Serbia False The West does not counter Orthodoxy, but the Serbian Orthodox Church has been undermining the sovereignty of

New Russian ambassador to Serbia starts mandate with false claims

By Margarita Assenova, for Polygraph Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko Russian Ambassador to Serbia “The constant pressure of the West on Serbia, exerted through the European Union, is evident, …while the U.S. and its allies are encouraging Kosovo to maintain tensions in the region.” Source: Sputnik Serbia False Serbia is under no more pressure than any other EU candidate country in the last 30 years. However, Serbia must normalize relations with Kosovo in

How Serbian Sputnik infiltrated a disinformation hub in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By EU vs Disinfo Although most of the sources of political disinformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are local media, a large disinformation hub is formed by an alarmingly high number of media from neighbouring countries, potentially used by foreign political actors. Serbian edition of Sputnik is the only foreign-owned media in this hub. These are the findings of the recently published report “Disinformation in the Online Sphere: The Case

Russia’s international broadcasters: Turning the Serbian media into a disinformation hub

By Polygraph Sputnik Srbija leads the ratings for political disinformation among Serbian-language foreign media operating in the Balkans, according to an upcoming report by the fact-checking organization Raskrinkavanje.ba, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The report, which will be released on May 13, found that the Belgrade-based Russian government-owned international broadcaster is part of a disinformation hub that targets Serbian language audiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and

700 false news stories in Serbian tabloids in 2018

By EU vs Disinfo The headline of the false story says “CIA Analysis: Putin Defends Kosovo as if it were Russian”. Article was published in Informer in June 2018. According to Serbian fact-checking portal Raskrikavanje, more than 700 false or unverified news stories were published on the front pages of three Serbian tabloids (Informer, Alo and Srpski Telegraf) in 2018. These false or unfounded news articles were mainly pushing narratives on: President Putin’s strong

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