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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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Despite Accusations, Arnold Schwarzenegger Advocates for Palestinian Statehood

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 03/01/2023 Arnold Schwarzenegger, the renowned actor, has declared his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, refuting claims of using derogatory language against Palestinians. In an October interview, the iconic star of “The Terminator” discussed the Israel-Palestine conflict. Various online articles have listed celebrities who have a pro-Israel […]

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Shortages in Europe: shelves filled with archival photographs

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 28/03/2022 This month, one of the most frequent topics in Serbian tabloids was the alleged shortage of basic food in the countries of the European Union. In addition to headlines such as “shoot yourself – general chaos in Europe due to sanctions against the Russian Federation”, there would […]

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The rise in food prices began even before the war in Ukraine started

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 23/03/2022 These days, pro-government tabloids in Serbia are writing about the struggle of European countries because of the crisis “caused by the war in Ukraine”. However, an increase in food prices was recorded last year, when there was no war in Ukraine. According to economists – the war […]

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No, Russia and China have not “abolished the OHR”

Original article (in Bosnian) was published on 16/02/2022 Columns by political scientist Nenad Kecmanovic on the legitimacy of the OHR, the Bonn powers and High Representative Christian Schmidt often contain disinformation. In recent months, one of the frequent topics in the BiH public has been the legality of the new High Representative in BiH, Christian […]

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Asteroid 4660 Nereus was not heading towards Earth

Original article (in Slovenian) was published on 03/01/2022 Nereus 4660 passed Earth at a distance of 3.9 million kilometers, about ten times the distance between Earth and the Moon, explained the astrophysicist Dunja Fabjan.  On 10 December, the Slovenian news site Slovenske novice published an article titled Look up in the sky, there’s a giant […]

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Compilation of lies: Athletes collapsing has nothing to do with the vaccine

Original article (in Montenegrin) was published on 31/01/2022 Associating coronavirus vaccination with specific health problems has been present ever since the first vaccines against this disease appeared. Conspiracy theorists do not stop attributing vaccination to every health problem, even when there is no basis for it. Associating coronavirus vaccination with specific health problems has been […]