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The 2023 School of Policies within the Presidential Center for Political Education was completed this weekend in Ohrid by holding the fifth module titled “Building Social Resilience to the Harmful Effects of Disinformation”.
The Metamorphosis Foundation was part of the fifth module with a series of lectures on dealing with disinformation, fact-checking and hate speech, sharing many years of experience and fresh insights from the ongoing initiative Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub, supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as by the cooperation with the International Freedom of Expression Exchange IFEX.
The module started with lectures by Vladimir Petreski, editor-in-chief of Truthmeter, on the topics “The Modern Phenomenon of Disinformation – How and Why Disinformation Entered the Global Public Discourse with a Bang” and “Propaganda of Foreign Malignant Influence and its Role in the Spread of Disinformation” .
Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Lj. Spasov and the Partnership and Resource Development Director at the Metamorphosis Foundation, Filip Stojanovski, held addresses at the opening.
The editor-in-chief of Portalb.mk, Elida Zilbeari, spoke on the topic “Methodology of Fact Checking – Procedures and Steps of the Analytical Process”, while Petreski also spoke about creative ways to deal with disinformation.
The Secretary General of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mile Boshnjakovski, gave a lecture on “Crisis Management in Political Communication”, and Professor Spasov, who is the President of the Program Council of the Presidential Center for Political Education and the President’s Advisor on foreign policy, domestic policy and constitutional affairs, gave a lecture on “Political Speech: Structure, Content and Performance”.
Despina Kovachevska, Filip Stojanovski and Vladimir Petreski from the Metamorphosis Foundation spoke on the topics “Most Common Disinformation Topics in the Macedonian Public Discourse”, “Geopolitical Perspective of Disinformation Flows in the Western Balkans” and “Fact-Checking on Facebook – How Does the World’s Largest Social Network Cope with Disinformation.”
The fifth module of the 2023 School of Policies ended with lectures on the topic “Hate Speech – Definition and History;
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Hate Speech in North Macedonia, What Does the Legislation Say” by Goran Rizaov and Despina Kovachevska from Metamorphosis; Vladimir Petreski spoke on the topic “Preventing Disinformation Attacks for Organizations and Individuals”, while Stojanovski, Rizaov and Petreski spoke on the topic “Building Social Resistance to the Harmful Effects of Disinformation through the Development of Public Policies; Media Literacy – How Does the Media Program of the Metamorphosis Foundation Address Disinformation”.
The School of Policies was held for the third consecutive year, in cooperation with the partner foundations and organizations that are part of the Program Council of the Presidential Center for Political Education: the “Friedrich Ebert” Foundation in North Macedonia, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the “MK2025” Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in North Macedonia, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).