Serbian, Russian media publish disinformation aimed at undermining the statehood of Kosovo, report - Gazeta Express

Serbian, Russian media publish disinformation aimed at undermining the statehood of Kosovo, report

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Gazeta Express

25/02/2021 13:58

Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED) has published a report dubbed “Kosovo Disinformation Observer Serbian And Russian Media October – December 2020” concluding that mainstream media of these two countries keep publishing disinformation aimed at undermining the statehood of Kosovo.

According to the report the aim of the disinformation generated in this monitoring period by the preselected Serbian media in relation to Kosovo indicates that it was focused on undermining Kosovo’s statehood by discrediting its leadership and institutions. “Some of the preselected articles aim at falsely portraying Kosovo as a mafia state that does not respect the human rights of Serbs. The preselected articles also aim at obscuring the past by denying crimes and atrocities of Serbia in Kosovo during the 1990s and by exaggerating the number of Serb casualties,” according to KIPRED.

According to the report the disinformation published by Russian media aims to undermine the statehood of Kosovo while trying to draw parallels between the independence of the Republic of Kosovo and the illegal annexation of Crimea. “For more these media tend to present Kosovo as a state that abolishes basic rights, the rule of law, and the functioning of democratic institutions. The preselected articles also aim to distort the truth of the past by denying crimes and atrocities of Serbia in Kosovo during the 1990s, and by portraying the Serbs as victims during the wars which aim at equating the victim with the aggressor,” according to the report. /Gazeta Express/