Disinformation Cases

This database represents a collection of all disinformation, fake news and misinformation cases our Digital Forensic Center Team had researched, categorized and debunked. DFC focuses on key messages carried in Montenegrin and wider information space, spreading semi-truthful, distorted or completely false information with the goal of discrediting and undermining democratic countries and societies.

Taking into consideration definitions above, two things are necessary to expose and explain either disinformation or fake news:

  1. Proof that the claims made are false.
  2. Proof that the falsehood was intentional.

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The patriotic gathering which took place in Podgorica on September 6 (seven days after the parliamentary elections) attracted the attention of the local and regional media, almost to the same extent as the Parliamentary elections on August 30. On the eve of the gathering, many fake news pieces were published, predicting the unrest which would […]

Numerous fake news pieces were published in media and on social media on the eve of the tomorrow’s elections. As an example, the fake news that the French President Emmanuel Macron invited Montenegrins to vote for the opposition on the tomorrow’s elections appeared on social media this night. Many accounts published the photo from the […]

The news on the death of several hundreds of sparrows, due to a thunderstorm that hit Podgorica last night, created an avalanche of comments that the 5G technology is responsible for their death. That disinformation could be found among the readers’ comments on almost all Montenegrin news portals and their Facebook pages. The comments on […]

Proclaiming corona free destination on June 2 and opening the borders for particular countries in the region and Europe incited the new attacks on Montenegro Even though Kosovo and the upcoming elections in Serbia were the occasion and topic of the President Vucic’s appearance on the TV show FoKus on a B92 television (on June […]

A video with a description Eight days of protest in Poland against mandatory vaccination was posted on May 9 on a Facebook page Pravo na slobodu (Right to Freedom). The video displays tens of thousands of citizens gathered on the streets. Analysis of the video confirms its authenticity as well as the fact that the […]

In her speech in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia on April 29, 2020, Nada Kostic, MP, internist and professor on the Medical Faculty in Belgrade, presented numerous conspiracy theories on coronavirus, its emergence, situation development but also on the world in future. In the beginning of her address, Kostic emphasized that she will […]

The Protiv Novog Svetskog Poretka (Against New World Order) Facebook page posted on April 22 a video from the Next News Network TV show with dr. Rashid Buttar. Within fifty minutes, dr. Buttar made many assertions on the novel coronavirus, following many conspiracy theories including those already famous, like 5G network, Bill Gates, vaccination, and […]

The Digital Forensic Center analyzed an interview of Liu Jinn, an Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, published in the “Vijesti” daily newspaper on April 15. Since the coronavirus outbreak, China has been accused many times of not responding promptly and not sharing information with the rest of the world and the World Health […]

In days when almost the whole world is facing a lack of medical supplies needed to fight coronavirus, the piece of news that Russia is sending medical aid to the USA spread all around the world with almost the same intensity as the pandemic itself. And while many media outlets, including the American ones, were […]

UPDATE: After the article has been posted, the editorial of Novosti updated the original article adding that arrest took place two months ago and not today. An article headlined: Harvard professor made and sold coronavirus to China? FBI in major bust arrested the expert and two Chinese men (VIDEO), was posted on portal Novosti on […]

UPDATE: Following our announcement, the Montenegrin media CDM, RTCG, Portal Analitika, Antena M, Pobjeda, FOS Media and Kolektiv have corrected the information and announced that China has not officially declared the end of the epidemic. Numerous Montenegrin and regional portals have announced today that China has declared the end of the coronavirus epidemic outbreak. The […]

This week again, the Digital Forensic Center has noted numerous pieces of disinformation and new conspiracy theories on corona virus. Besides that, we also initiated new live blog where we are posting the most important information on COVID-19 from Montenegro, region and world. Find the most important events that marked this week in this weekly […]

A video of two Italians buying the allegedly efficient medicine to treat coronavirus on the Moscow airport has been circulating on social media. Two men entered a pharmacy and bought „Arbidol“, allegedly efficient medicine to treat coronavirus. Moreover, coronavirus is drawn on the packing of the medicine. One of the actors of the video is […]

A coordinated campaign against Montenegro, which has been spreading negative and bizarre disinformation over the last 3 months, continues unabated Another narrative has emerged in the last few days: NATO requires from the President of Montenegro to introduce a state of emergency, as a response to current litanies, that are being held twice a week. […]

The arrival of NATO counter-hybrid support team in Montenegro drew a lot of attention, particularly of the media inclined to sensationalistic narratives. Even though the goal of the experts’ visit to our country is to improve our services’ defense against cyber-attacks, as confirmed from the Alliance, some media wrote about the visit in a them-characteristic […]

The portal RIA Novosti (Rus. РИА Новости) published on October 20, 2019, a text entitled Swedish economist: In 2024, Russia will fall apart or ruin the world. The text, in an ironical manner, analyses a book The Crash of 2024 by Stefan Fölster, a renowned Swedish economist. The author of the book predicts a hybrid […]

Körber Policy Game is a small group of politicians, senior officials and experts who analyze fictitious scenarios and their potential consequences globally. The group is engaged in projecting current foreign and security policy trends into a future scenario, seeking to develop a deeper understanding of the interests and priorities of different countries and possible challenges. […]

Recently, the attention of the world and the domestic public has been captured by the 5G network and its capabilities. Does the next generation network of higher capacity and reach represent a major advancement in technology or … The expert public agrees that this is a project aimed at faster data transfer technology with larger […]

The significance of anti-Fascist sentiment in Montenegro and Montenegro’s contribution to the People’s Liberation War, in terms of overall victory over fascism, is immeasurable. Montenegro celebrates the Statehood day to commemorate the day of July 13, 1878, when it was recognized as an independent country at the Berlin Congress, and of July 13, 1941, when […]

According to another reporting of the Borba portal, the Montenegrin citizens were players of the international cocaine smuggling, this time in Johannesburg. As reported, Mihailo Pavicevic and Matija Kascelan were found on September 29 during a police action, after one arrested fellow citizen gave information on them to the police. According to the portal findings, […]