When music raises ethnic tensions: Goran Bregović in Korçë’s Beer Fest

Former Yugoslav rock star, Goran Bregović, announced a concert at a beer festival in Albania. This caused tensions for weeks in Kosovo and Albania as he is seen as a supporter of Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, and a motivator of massacres during the 1999 Kosovo war. The debates continued among Albanians and the police arrested 8 …

HATE SPEECH IN SERBIAN AND BRITISH SPORT

Although miles apart, Serbia and the UK share a regrettable similarity: hate speech in sports.  The slogans that are shouted at football matches are always directed against minority groups. In Serbia, the most common targets are members of the LGBTQ + community, Bosniaks, Albanians and the Roma community. The UK, on the other hand, has …

HATE SPEECH IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: July Monthly Highlights

Throughout the month of July, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. As we enter the tourist holiday season, there has been a rise in hateful narratives directed towards various ethnic groups including high levels of ethnic discrimination and racism across all six Western Balkan states. Tourism and the …

SERBIA’S GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE SCANDALS AND THE MEDIA’S RESPONSIBILITY

When Marija Lukic and Milena Radulovic decided to talk about sexual harassment, they opened the Pandora’s Box in Serbia. Cases started flooding the media about systematic sexual harassment and abuse as well as verbal abuse in schools, state run hospitals, state institutions, high ranked politicians. Marija Lukic who was the secretary of Milutin Jelicic – mayor of the …

TOURISM KNOWS NEITHER ETHNICITY NOR POLITICS

The summer tourist season is long awaited by everyone, especially after these two challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many expect to explore new places as well as to spend quiet holidays. One of the attractive tourist destinations for the summer holidays is Albania. Tourists from different countries, including Serbia, choose to spend their holidays …

BALKAN TROLL OF THE MONTH: T7 TV Channel

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Our July Troll of the Month is …

HATE SPEECH IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: Monthly Monitoring Highlights

Throughout the month of June, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. As June was Pride Month, homophobia continued to be present within traditional and social media alongside a large range of hate speech including sexist narratives and ethnic discrimination across all six Western Balkan countries. Ethnic Discrimination between …

BALKAN TROLL OF THE MONTH: TV Happy

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Our June Troll of the Month was …

HOMOPHOBIA IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: Monthly Monitoring Highlight

Throughout May, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives. Due to June being the month that several events take place globally to recognise the impact of the LGBTQ+ community we will have a country spotlight that focuses on homophobia. During our monitoring activities we have also encountered incidents relating to hate …