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AI Disinformation Arrives in Southeast Europe: Are Fact-Checkers Ready?

By: Maida Salkanović Beneath the dark-framed glasses of Daniel Smith, a supposed British expert on Western Balkans affairs, lies the gaze of a man burdened with the complexities of Southeast Europe (SEE). Known for his firm stance on issues like Kosovo’s independence and advocating for the expulsion of the Russian ambassador in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Smith’s insights […]

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The Year in Disinformation: 2023 Through the Eyes of Fact Checkers

By: Maida Salkanović Elon Musk professing his love for Serbia, airport luggage auctioned for a mere Euro, and the circulation of supposedly miraculous cures were just some of the false claims shared all across Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2023. Fact-checkers were busy – in this review they offer their perspectives on the previous 12 months. […]

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Balancing Act: Media, Disinformation, and Bias in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

By: Maida Salkanović The recent major escalation in the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine, the most significant in decades, has led to an information surge on social media and news platforms. The large amount of disinformation and polarizing narratives complicate the task of making sense of the available information. On October 7, the Palestinian […]

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Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? SEE Journalists SLAPP-ed by Vexatious Lawsuits

By: Maida Salkanović When the Sarajevo-based citizens’ association Why Not received a lawsuit suing them for the content of one of their articles, it caused confusion down the ranks. The amount of damages requested was absurd – 750,000 Euros, and the claims seemed nonsensical to them. The lawsuit was filed by a local company that […]

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Call for proposals for the development of a communication strategy for the regional SEE Check network

The SEE Check network is currently implementing a project financed by the European Union called “The SEECheck network – fight against disinformation through a network of fact-checkers”. One of the project’s activities is the development of a communication strategy for the SEE Check network. We invite communication experts and agencies to submit their offers for […]

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Recommendations of civil society for tackling information disorder in the Balkans

Information disorder is a joint term covering disinformation and other types of manipulation that may have a harmful effect.  Representatives of Western Balkans 6 civil society have discussed this problem within the Civil society forum which follows the Berlin process, organized by Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft and Aspen Institute Germany.  Several members of the SEE Check network participated […]

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The European Fact-Checking Standards Network is presented in Brussels

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) presented its Governance Body and newly-written Code of professional standards at a public event in Brussels on November 16 attended by representatives of EU institutions, digital media platforms, and civil society. Over the past year, the EFCSN project has brought together nearly 50 fact-checking organizations from across Europe to […]

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SEE Check supports KRIK and their fight against corruption and organized crime

Engl. SEE Check supports KRIK after an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression and professional journalism in which the newsroom was found guilty of reporting on publicly available information that the prosecution presented before the court. Judge Natasa Petricevic Milisavljevic condemned KRIK for publishing quotes from recordings of wiretapped conversations of members of the criminal […]

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SEE Check: Support to fact-checking of the attack on Ukraine and to our colleagues

Russia’s attack on Ukraine, which violated international law and launched destabilization processes with unforeseeable consequences, was preceded by numerous disinformation and propaganda campaigns launched with the aim of justifying aggression against a sovereign state.

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SEE Check with Faktograf: No public smear campaigns or hacker attacks can intimidate us

SEE Check – a network of fact-checking portals in five Southeast European countries – gives its full support to Faktograf.hr which is targeted by a hacking attack.