Stories about North Macedonia from April, 2009
Sakura, the annual celebration of cherry blossoms through display of elements of Japanese culture, took place in Skopje, Macedonia, this weekend: somewhat later than last year, because the organizers did not want it to overlap with the Catholic and Orthodox Easter celebrations during the previous two weekends.
For several years now, the Macedonian traditional media have have been involved in relentless promotion of all and any claims related to Alexander the Great deemed "positive" in terms of generating public approval and more readers/viewers. Such coverage tends to grow more bizarre, as shown by recent events.
Creation and subsequent removal of the Facebook personal profile of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of Republic of Macedonia (MOI) attracted significant attention of the Macedonian public. Filip Stojanovski provides background and reviews bloggers' and media reactions to the incident.