Monthly monitoring highlights: Homophobia and ethnic intolerance during December

Throughout the month of December, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful discourse. There has been a rise in homophobia and ethnic discrimination in the region. Homophobia in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo   The release of the animated children’s movie, Strange World by Disney has sparked much controversy within the …

WE ARE FED MISINFORMATION DAILY

IN ADDITION TO THE MEDIA, THE GOVERNMEENT IS A SOURCE OF DISINFORMATION IN ALBANIA Disinformation has become something we are fed daily. It’s something individuals and web portals serve us in exchange for clicks and views. It is enough to log onto Facebook, Instagram or TikTok — the channels with the most public engagement in …

Monthly Monitoring Highlight: Discrimination and hate in the Western Balkans media throughout November  

Throughout the month of November, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month we have identified religious discrimination, sexism, anti-migrant rhetoric, and homophobia in the region.   Religious discrimination in Montenegro   The former president of the Municipal Assembly of Petnjica, Adnan Muhović, has made derogatory comments in reference to …

HISTORY OVER FOOTBALL: Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia rise during the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The focus and widespread conversations around the match between Serbia and Switzerland on Friday 2 December at the World Cup, was the ethnic hate and nationalistic incidents between Serbs and Albanians both on the field, between players and team members, and by  fans in the audience. Before the game began, fans  arrived at the stands …

STRUGGLING FOR THE TRUTH IN THE BALKANS

The general lack of balanced discussion in the media in the Balkans deprives the public of accurate information and damages professional journalism. Civil society actors are using social networks to send different messages and fight disinformation, but their reach is limited and often includes people who are already aware of the issues. Yet, these voices are important in the struggle for truthful information and a just society.  

Monthly monitoring highlight: Sexism and homophoia across the Balkans

Throughout the month of October, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month there has been a rise in sexism, misogyny and homophobia, alongside hate speech against political opponents.  Sexism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and Albania  In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a private user on Facebook spread extremely …

MIGRANTS BLAMED FOR THE UK GOVERNMENT FAILURES 

Reports earlier this week from a migrant processing centre in Kent, near the English Channel painted a heart-breaking picture Reports earlier this week from a migrant processing centre in Kent, near the English Channel painted a heart-breaking picture: the centre at Manston, meant to house up to 1600 people, accommodated as many as for 4000 people, …

THIS IS NOT JOURNALISM

TURNING VIOLENCE INTO A MEDIA SPECTACLE DOES NOT SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST. A video of a nurse abusing an elderly woman was shared on social media and became the news of the day on Wednesday, November 2. The video, which was first published on Facebook, was shared everywhere within minutes. Photos with the face of …

Monthly monitoring highlight: Homophobia and other hateful content throughout September

Throughout the month of September, the RDN monitoring team have detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, there has been a rise in homophobia, but other forms of hatred have also been detected. Homophobia in Serbia and Albania This month, there was a significant rise in homophobia in Serbia across both traditional …