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Disinfo Brief is a new DFC publication that provides a monthly overview of the key disinformation, narratives, and propaganda developments that the DFC team researched and debunked to raise awareness of the issue and its extent. You can read the sixth issue via THIS LINK or by clicking on the photo below.

Disinfo Brief is a new DFC publication that provides a monthly overview of the key disinformation, narratives, and propaganda developments that the DFC team researched and debunked to raise awareness of the issue and its extent. You can read the sixth issue via THIS LINK or by clicking on the photo below.

The current global crisis after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the importance of Montenegro’s NATO membership but has shed additional light on internal weaknesses that reflect political, national, and social fragmentation and the continued influx of foreign malign influence. There is no doubt that the war in Ukraine has deepened the polarization in Montenegrin […]

As Russian bombs and cruise missiles rocked cities across Ukraine early Thursday morning, another front, that has been prepared for a long time, opened. The Internet itself quickly became a battlefield, with propaganda and disinformation that, as a smokescreen, served to blur the boundaries of reality. A series of suspicious videos and claims, which were […]

Online space has become a key platform for political confrontation in Montenegro. Social networks especially enable political parties and activists to reach a large number of people in a short period of time. In addition to this facilitation, social networks, due to weak regulation, enable technical coordination. Technical coordination refers to the use of specific […]

Novak Djokovic is officially No. 1 seed of the Australian Open, but whether it remains so will be known in the following days and no later than January 17th, when the tournament starts. Meanwhile, the Australian court ruled in favor of Novak Djokovic on the 10th of January –annulling the decision about canceling visa as […]

Local elections in Montenegro, held in three municipalities – Cetinje, Mojkovac, and Petnjica on December 5, 2021, were organized during the political and institutional crisis in the country. Disagreements between the greatest part of the parliamentary majority (the Democratic Front and the Socialist People’s Party) and the Government continued, and all attempts to reconstruct it […]

Disinfo Brief is a new DFC publication that provides a monthly overview of the key disinformation, narratives, and propaganda developments that the DFC team researched and debunked to raise awareness of the issue and its extent. After 36 issues and numerous most pressing topics addressed in DFC magazine, we decided to step outside the journalism […]

The Government of Montenegro, led by Zdravko Krivokapic, has been on shaky ground since the beginning of its term. The reason for that is the lack of support from the most numerous entity of the parliamentary majority – the Democratic Front (DF). Democratic Front’s MPs have stated on several occasions that Zdravko Krivokapic does not […]

Disinfo Brief is a new DFC publication that provides a monthly overview of the key disinformation, narratives, and propaganda developments that the DFC team researched and debunked to raise awareness of the issue and its extent. After 36 issues and numerous most pressing topics addressed in DFC magazine, we decided to step outside the journalism […]

This report is based on an analysis of a year-long monitoring process that lasted from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, done by the Digital Forensic Center (DFC). The focus was on the Serbian media outlets, which have a great readership in Montenegro. The report seeks to identify the primary narratives about Montenegro that […]

Structural reshaping of the international order upon the end of the Cold War caused a redefinition of the Russian Federation’s political position in the new constellation of power and, in a long-term perspective, initiated a revision of the state approach to the Russian foreign policy concept. Feeling of historic humiliation with the events from the […]

This study Russia’s Role in the Balkans: The Case of Montenegro aims to expose the Kremlin’s malign influence on Montenegro to Montenegrin and the broader public, exercised through the soft power implementation between Crimea annexation and July 2021. The goals, the methods, the collaborators, and the effects of the Russian soft power in Montenegro have […]

The anointment of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) Joanikije (Micovic) in Cetinje on September 5, renewed the atavisms of mutual historical conflicts of the two opposing concepts and narratives – the Greens and the Whites, Partisans and Chetniks, sovereigntists and unitarists, thus deepening the ambiance of existential […]

About the survey The public opinion survey on media usage and media literacy represents a repeated quantitative survey, with the aim of annually following the tendencies and changes in attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Montenegro when it comes to the critical perception of the media content and media usage. The survey was conducted […]

Serbia has distinguished itself as a testing ground for articulating Russian interests, as a predominantly Orthodox state, in which the notions of nationality and religion are considered identical. Issues of nation and religion are often mixed, and Serbianness and Orthodoxy are equated. These are very suitable specifics for the action of Russian soft power in […]

Proclaimed principles of the new government, with the principle of meritocracy being particularly emphasized, have announced that the changes in all areas of Montenegrin society, including the intelligence and security sector, will be characterized by further necessary professionalization and modernization. This would ultimately result in a more efficient structure of the National Security Agency and […]

The Election Day in Niksic passed in a relatively peaceful atmosphere, even though during the weeks prior to March 14, these elections had been evaluated as historic. Several (minor) incidents were reported, such as a violent attempt of mail-in voting reported by the Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMI). However, numerous pieces of disinformation and […]

Local parliament elections in Niksic scheduled for March 2021, have undoubtedly drawn a great deal of attention not only in Montenegro but in the region as well. Therefore, the DFC carried out the analysis of the election atmosphere in Niksic that covers the political situation ahead of the elections, an overview of the media coverage […]