In a stark revelation, a recent study conducted by BIRN has laid bare the pervasive web of disinformation entangling Kosovo. The study exposes a troubling landscape where false narratives, fueled by foreign influence, not only strain relations between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs but also undermine trust in NATO and EU integration efforts.
Following an attack by organized and armed groups in a village in Northern Kosovo, which resulted in the death of a police officer, misinformation and disinformation quickly spread in Kosovo and Serbia media outlets.
From disinformation to hate speech, Kosovo is facing a contaminated information environment on the internet, and an increase of Russian and Chinese influence. Experts say that Kosovo does not have the necessary mechanisms to deal with such problems.
On the International Fact-Checking Day, the executive director of Internews Kosova and founder of KALLXO.com, Faik Ispahiu, in this editorial brings his thoughts on the challenges, dilemmas and success of the organization in fighting disinformation and fake news.