For democracy to be sustainable and functional, it is necessary not only inclusive and active citizenship but also a well-informed public, which enables quality decision-making based on knowledge. In contrast, freedoms of expression and the media are threatened by a wave of disinformation that is part of populist authoritarian propaganda from domestic and foreign sources.
The “ Anti-Disinformation Hub: Exposing Malign Influences through Watchdog Journalism” project aims to expose the main propaganda claims that deny the existence of harmful foreign influences in the Republic of North Macedonia aimed at undermining democracy. It is part of the ongoing efforts of the Metamorphosis Foundation and a network of media, investigative journalists, and analysts to document the situation and unmask the disinformation by providing evidence of the factual situation. The Primer “Propaganda, false narratives, disinformation – the harmful effects of the Kremlin influence in N. Macedonia” is a selection of created public records based on a transparent methodological approach for fact-checking that refutes the central principles of anti-democratic and populist propaganda.