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Clickbait Headlines Featured in the Section Called “Russian News” on the Web Portal Lajk

Original article (in B/C/S) was published on 6/2/2024; Author: Amar Karađuz The section “Russian News” on the web portal Lajk is filled with articles equipped with clickbait headlines and videos containing parts of texts already published on Serbian web portals. The section “Russian News” on the web portal Lajk (.rs), which publishes the “latest Russian news […]

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Despite Five Infant Deaths, Anti-Vaxxers Persist in Discouraging Vaccination Among Parents

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 5/2/2024; Author: Marija Vučić Vaccination has once again become a prominent topic in public discourse following reports that five infants died from whooping cough in recent months. Despite these tragedies, the country’s leading anti-vaxxer group, “Physicians and Parents for Science and Ethics” (LRNE), continues unabated in its efforts to […]

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Whooping Cough Originates from Bacteria, Not Viruses or Air Pollution

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 7/2/2024; Author: Teodora Koledin In late January, Serbia’s Ministry of Health reported the deaths of four infants due to whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Just three days following the announcement, the death toll had risen to five. That same day, speculations about this disease, the symptoms and the […]

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Empty Seats at the Council of Europe’s Serbian Election Session? Not Quite.   

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 24/01/2024; Author: Stefan Kosanović Several pro-regime web portals simultaneously published identical articles featuring a photo that allegedly showed an empty hall before the start of a session at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This session, which took place on January 22, focused on the recent […]

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Eustahija Arsic Wrongly Portrayed as George Sand

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 12/01/2024; Author: Marija Zemunović A reader recently brought to our attention that various websites and media outlets have mistakenly used the wrong image to represent Eustahija Arsic, a pioneering Serbian writer from the 19th century. Instead of Arsic, the image often displayed is that of George Sand, a noted […]

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EU Maintains Food Expiration Dates, with Ongoing Revisions to Labeling Regulations

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 16/01/2024; Author: Stefan Kosanović A 2018 European Commission (EC) study revealed that 10% of food waste in the European Union (EU) annually is attributed to confusion over the expiration date labels. The misunderstanding between “use by” and “best before” labels has prompted the EC to develop guidelines aimed at […]

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“Politika” Republishes Fictional Journalist’s False Claim of Zelensky Fleeing to the USA

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 25/12/2023; Author: Teodora Koledin The article from the web portal Politika, published in early December, erroneously reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had obtained American citizenship and was planning to leave Ukraine. This claim was supported by an image purporting to be Zelensky’s naturalization certificate. Following Politika’s publication, similar […]

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“Blue Monday” Is Just a Marketing Trick

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 16/1/2024; Author: Milica Ljubičić The concept of “Blue Monday,” often touted as the most depressing day of the year, is in reality a marketing gimmick. This idea, which gained traction from a 2005 British travel agency campaign, lacks scientific backing. Despite being widely reported by media globally, there’s no […]

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Photo of a protest under umbrellas: “against violence”, not “for Sajam”

Original article (in Serbian) was published on 11/12/2023; Author: Ivan Subotić The news website Ozonpress, and the Facebook page SM info, published a photograph on December 10, 2023, depicting a large crowd carrying umbrellas. This image was purported to represent attendees at the “March for Sajam” protest to express their opposition to the demolition of the […]

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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. […]