Tag "Serbia"

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

Old disinformation finds fresh ground in Serbia, targets the EU

By EU vs Disinfo No, in fact the EU is not “legalising paedophilia”. But a controversial TEDx talk about the nature of paedophilia has recently incited fighters against paedophilia in Serbia to warn that this was just a beginning of a campaign since ‘modern Europe is planning to introduce such perverted attitudes in the Balkans’. The claim that ‘the Strasbourg Court does not acknowledge the Russian law on preventing paedophilia’ is seen

Disinformation Analysis on the Western Balkans: Lack of Sources Indicates Potential Disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo One key feature of disinforming news stories is that they are most often published without quoting any sources, alongside having a biased or subjective tone. In the Western Balkans, the largest number of news articles without sources has been seen in Serbia, while news pieces quoting ‘unnamed sources’ were most common in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. These are some of the findings of a one

One image, 4 x disinformation about migrants

By EU vs Disinfo On May 14, news agency “News Front” published a story including an image of “Kosovan and Albanian migrants storming EU borders” from Serbia. The story was published on News Front’s English, German and Spanish sites. According to Brandwatch analytics tool, the story achieved 48.507 impressions on Twitter and was tweeted by disinformation-related accounts in the Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia, among others. News Front is a growing

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