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Stories about Serbia

6 November 2019

Environmentalists raise alarm over hydropower boom in the Balkans

More than 2,700 small hydroelectric plants are either planned or under construction in the region. Critics say governments aren't properly assessing their impacts.

20 September 2019

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Advox

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

12 September 2019

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Advox

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

6 September 2019

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Advox

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

29 August 2019

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

Advox

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

8 August 2019

Dubious CIA plot theory by former Yugoslav army colonel finds a platform in Serbian media

“Fake news, fake media, fake journalists, fake analysts – they have flooded the Serbian media space.”

30 July 2019

Disappointment with the West is crucial for growth of pro-Russian narratives in the Balkans, says researcher

"Although all countries in the region have been targets of pro-Russia disinformation efforts recently, there has been no recognition of this trend as a security issue at the political level"

12 July 2019

Pseudoscientific racial theories by discredited British psychologist keep going viral in the Balkans

The cyclical spread of pseudoscientific notions about IQs based on race or ethnicity taps into pre-existing stereotypes as well as it reinforces them in this region.

7 July 2019

Death of a fighter: Post-Yugoslav civil society bids farewell to dissident playwright Borka Pavićević

"Lack of reading is lack of Eros. And then it translates into lack of freedom."

12 June 2019

Racing down socialist memory lane: a classic Yugoslav cars video goes viral

The cars include three brands produced by Yugoslav factory Zastava from Kragujevac, Serbia, that were based off models by Italian manufacturer Fiat.

27 May 2019

North Macedonia to hold first-ever pride parade in June 2019

North Macedonia’s first pride parade is yet another testament to the country's recent political transition. Homophobic violence was markedly tolerated by the previous government.

23 May 2019

Russian website attempts to impersonate established news outlet covering the Balkans

"The purpose of publishing under the name Balkanist in Russian is to confuse readers at home, in Russia and elsewhere into questioning our sincerity, what and who we support."

20 May 2019

Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

Among the participants at the Venice Biennale are the Western Balkan countries, which see it as an excellent opportunity to showcase the art and promote their artists, beyond their borders.

13 May 2019

Looking back at Feral Tribune, Croatia's doomed but legendary satirical newspaper

Feral Tribune was known for its impartial coverage of war in the Balkans and caricatures that ridiculed the nationalist leaders in former Yugoslavia.

19 April 2019

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

10 April 2019

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

6 March 2019

The French Yellow Vests movement seen through global lenses

As we witness the rise of the Yellow Vests, France revisits its bloodthirsty history.

29 January 2019

Once-beloved youth magazine is accused of whitewashing legacy of Serbian Nazis

How did a magazine that enjoyed a cult status all over Yugoslavia seems to have betrayed its progressive values.

9 January 2019

Protests against President Aleksandar Vučić spread from Belgrade to cities across Serbia

For the first time since the 1990s, protests have united both left-leaning and right-leaning opponents of the ruling government under shared fears that it is descending into dictatorship and fascism.

7 January 2019

Singled out for search at a Serbian supermarket, Roma opera superstar accuses the store of racism

Ms. Knežević was stopped and searched in public while onlookers heckled her. In her backpack, security only found sheet music, books, and a wallet.