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After a recent debunking of the bot network connected with the ruling party in Serbia which was promoting the Chinese aid in that country during coronavirus pandemic, the Digital Forensic Center discovered a new network of accounts from Serbia whose main target is Montenegro. Through Twitter monitoring, we have noticed numerous posts containing the keyword […]

The project Russia’s Footprint in the Western Balkan Information Environment, published by NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence, investigates Russia’s tools of influence in the Western Balkans (WB), with a focus on the media landscape. The scope of analysis is Russia’s activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The project analyses […]

About the research In order to estimate the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Montenegro when it comes to their critical view on media content available on a daily basis, the Digital Forensic Center conducted quantitative field research of the public opinion. The research was conducted on a representative sample of 1,054 adult citizens. […]

Analyzing posts on Twitter for the period from March 9 to April 9, we discovered 30,000 tweets coming from accounts in Serbia with keywords Kina (China) and Srbija (Serbia) in their content. As much as 71.9 percent of the content was produced by “bot“ accounts. A huge pro-government network of “bot“ accounts wrote and praised […]

In time when fighting coronavirus is a priority for the majority of countries, two superpowers are entering the stage, representing themselves as saviors and the only powers capable of fighting out the current problem. Soon after the crisis started intensifying, China and Russia launched the narratives that the EU is down on its knees or […]

Besides causing the disease, SARS-CoV-2 gave a possibility of spreading different conspiracy theories. At the same time, those who support them were at spotlight of alternative groups and pages. That is why it is not surprising that several months old appearance on a regional TV is becoming increasingly popular at the moment and has been […]

A Petition against the implementation of the 5G network in Montenegro has been launched on the petition.online platform on April 4, and by the time of the Magazine issuance, it has had around 1.880 signatures. The petition claims that: “5G has more negative effects – countries that implemented 5G network saw many consequences even during […]

Interactive graphic showing the key narratives, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news related to coronavirus in March.

During the crises provoked by pandemics, the combination of fear and lack of information make a man more prone to believe in various theories. Since the Chinese authorities issued a press release at the end of December 2019 stating that the mysterious disease is spreading over Wuhan (it will turn out later that the mentioned […]

COVID-19 cases in Montenegro and the regional countries have pushed the question of the church and processions into the background, with the negotiations between the experts’ teams of the Government and the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral postponed and the Law on Freedom of Religion and Belief placed in isolation. With the tensions raising […]

COVID-19, known as coronavirus, marked the beginning of 2020. It first appeared in the Chinese town of Wuhan and meanwhile it has been spread in 125 countries. According to the date of Worldometer, 4700 people died, currently, there are more than 54 000 active cases and more than 68 000 cases have been cured. Corona […]

Over more than two months after the adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion and Belief, the situation is the same. There is still, on one side, a faint voice of the Government, which adopted the Law, and on the other side, a loud voice of those who oppose the Law, as well as […]

The arrival of Metropolitan Onufry, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, was the topic of the new column of the rector of the Seminary of Saint Peter of Cetinje, Gojko Perovic, published yesterday (February 26) in a daily Vijesti. The significance of the information reflects in father Gojko’s announcement that the […]

The following article is the first piece of a two-part series done by our team and published by the DFRLab. Read more about the developments that shaped #Montenegro as a country, media, and information environment as well as foreign influence it faces today. During the last two months, the Balkan nation of Montenegro has been […]

In the midst of the events regarding the adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion, Russian influence and its meddling into political, national and religious (co)existence in Montenegro are becoming more intense. Russia is again using the opportunity to interfere in the internal affairs of Montenegro with a strong and dynamic media campaign. The […]

A regulated religious life in Montenegro has made public debate mostly focus on the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro. The Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral (MPC) is an institution that, according to many public opinion surveys, the citizens of Montenegro trust the most. For this reason, the attention of the public is conditioned by […]

During 2019, there have been a considerable number of texts published by Montenegrin media to discredit the Montenegrin institutions. In most of them, it is about the institutions of crucial importance, that concern defense, and security, being the pillar of the protection and security of a state and society. Attacks on those institutions are periodical, […]

The Proposal to the Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities was adopted by the votes of the ruling majority and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The Proposal to the Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities, which will regulate, among […]

Publishing paid advertiser content that a newsroom does not influence has long been carried out as a way of increasing media outlets’ income. The conditions of the narrow Montenegrin market have made many media outlets – that are not subsidized from the Government’s budget – find difficult to achieve financial self-sustainability. That is why the […]

Due to the open editorial policy and the fact that an article could be written by anyone and not necessarily an expert, the information found on the website cannot be used in the scientific research. According to the last official data, Wikipedia exists in more than 300 different languages, with around 43 million articles, which […]