Monthly monitoring highlight: Hate speech during April across Western Balkans

Throughout the month of April, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month there has been a rise in ethnic discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in the Western Balkan region. Ethnic discrimination in North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina The now-former Secretary-general of the Government of North Macedonia, …

TROLL OF THE MONTH: Duda Balje, the President of the Social Democratic Union and Member of the Assembly of Kosovo

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. This month’s Troll is Duda Balje, the …

Religious tolerance in Macedonia: A familiar but rarely practiced concept

Religious tolerance is built by getting to know others, a clarification that their diversity is not a threat to us or our religious beliefs.

“THE RIGHT KIND OF REFUGEES”: RACISM IN THE WESTERN MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

Over six hundred thousand civilians have fled Ukraine to date, and the EU estimates that the number will go up to four million. The EU countries are “welcoming them with open arms”, lifting the normal rules for refugees and allowing them to settle where they want. Following this important and welcome development, some European politicians seem to …

SQUASH ONLINE HATE SPEECH: Digital spaces exclude vulnerable groups

Three days ago, in a post on Twitter, I took the effort to call out the typical behavior of men who debate in the media sphere. In the tweet, I wrote that if men truly want to contribute to the social justice debate, they need to listen more and talk less and that their privilege …

Osuđuje se neprofesionalno izveštavanje medija o širenju majmunskih boginja i dovođenja u vezu sa LGBTQ+ populacijom

Poslednjih nedelja zabeleženo je više slučajeva infekcije majmunskim boginjama u Evropi, Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama, Australiji, Kanadi. Nakon što su otkriveni slučajevi infekcije kod gej, biseksualnih i drugih muškaraca koji imaju seks sa mušakrcima, mediji su počeli da izveštavaju o majmunskim boginjama kao bolesti koja se „prenosi gej seksom”. Tabloid Kurir je u svom tekstu „MAJMUNSKE …

Sexism, ethnic hate speech and hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community present throughout the Western Balkan region

Sexism, misogyny and hate speech towards women and the LGBTQ+ community, as well as hate speech based on ethnicity, are most prevalent in Western Balkan media and something that is common to the whole region, according to the results of media monitoring in the Western Balkans which followed problematic trends in reporting on social diversity. …

Hate speech March monitoring highlights: Sexism, ethnic discrimination and homophobia in the Western Balkans

Throughout the month of March, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. Cases of ethnic discrimination, religious hate speech and homophobia continue to influence the relations within societies in the Western Balkan region as well as the relations between neighbouring countries. Sexism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia In …

Troll of the Month: TV show ‘Why Not?’

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. This month’s Troll is TV show ‘Why …

Ethnic discrimination, religious hate speech and homophobia in the Western Balkan throughout February: Monthly monitoring highlight

Throughout the month of February, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month we uncovered ethnic discrimination, religious hate speech and homophobia across the Western Balkan region. Antisemitism in North Macedonia Recently, in an article published by libertas.mk, a headline read “38-year-old woman from Ohrid with the message …