How to share Macedonian news from abroad
Macedonian authorities say they are cracking down on fake news, using a new system to flag and flagify articles that are likely to cause offence.
Macedonia has long struggled with fake news and disinformation, with a total of 1.6 million people living in the country, according to the country’s Information Ministry.
According to the ministry, Macedonians can be fined up to 30,000 kuna ($6,600) for publishing content deemed to be fake.
They can also be forced to pay up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) in compensation for the publication of content deemed as “fake.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said the new system was “to fight against misinformation, propaganda and disinformation.”
The ministry said it would use the information-gathering system to identify fake content and warn the public of the risks.
In October, Macedonia’s information minister warned that if citizens didn’t take the proper precautions, the country could be on the brink of becoming “a fake Macedonia.”
“We need to make sure that our citizens are aware that we are not Macedonia and don’t have a monopoly on truth,” said Andrius Papakos.
“We are not a dictatorship or a dictatorship-in-waiting.
We are not controlled by any one entity.
We have our own laws and we have our laws.”