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Goran Rizaov

A data journalist from Macedonia, based in Skopje, with several years of experience in investigative reporting, currently working with Metamorphosis foundation as a 2015 School of Data Fellow.

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Latest posts by Goran Rizaov

Three babies die from measles in Macedonia outbreak. Is anti-vax propaganda responsible?

Macedonia has one of the lowest rates for measles vaccination in Europe, according to the World Health Organization.

Former Macedonian strongman's escape to Hungary triggers a flood of disinformation

If the claims circulating in the Balkans media space are to be believed, Nikola Grueski escaped to Hungary on a flight operated by an airline that closed in 2012.

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

In Macedonia, Geeks Create Free Accommodation Platform In Reaction to Hotel Price Hike for Super Cup Fans

A bunch of geeks who call themselves 'WeTalkIT' offered Manchester United and Real Madrid fans the means to find a free place to stay during Skopje's UEFA Super Cup.

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

Protests in Macedonia Gain Momentum as New Round of Political Negotiations Is Announced

Tens of thousands of Macedonians have gathered in the streets since the president announced his decision to pardon government officials accused of corruption and abuses of power from prosecution.

‘Without Justice, There's No Peace!': Macedonians March Against President's Pardon for Politicians Under Investigation

Several people were injured and a dozen arrested in protests against President Ivanov's amnesty for top politicians allegedly involved in corruption and misuse of power.

Citizens Overwhelm Macedonia's Election Commission With Reports of Suspicious Voters’ Registry Data

The SEC published a new web app allowing Macedonians to report irregularities in the Voters' Registry online. Ten days later, they shut it down down because of too many reports.

Citizen Sleuths Can Now Officially Report Irregularities They Find in Macedonia’s Voters’ Registry

The State Election Commission in Macedonia is now crowdsourcing all suspicious Voters' Registry irregularities by adding a user-friendly feature on their Web app with which citizen can report irregularities.

Macedonians Attempt to Exorcise the Phantom Voters Haunting Their Country

Macedonians tackle massive election fraud involving phantom voters and other "ghouls" through creative protest and combing the online Voters' Registry.

Macedonia's Former Prime Minister Threatens Revenge in Troubling Speech

"There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power"

Macedonia's Highest Court Confirms Fine for Journalists Who Quoted Statements Alleging Corruption

Fokus magazine had quoted Macedonia's former ambassador to the Czech Republic, who accused ex-head of the secret service Sasho Mijalkov of corruption. Mijalkov sued for defamation and won.

Why Did the Giant Ears Cross the Road? To Protest State Surveillance in Macedonia

The wiretap "bombshells" released by opposition party leaders almost one year ago revealed that the communications of more than 20,000 individuals in Macedonia had been secretly recorded.

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