Four tabloids in Serbia with the largest circulation, Informer, Srpski Telegraf, Alo and Kurir, published at least 945 pieces of fake or unfounded news on their cover pages in 2019, the Raskrinkavanje website reported.
The Informer tops the list with 317 proven lies, followed by Alo with 259, Srpski Telegraf with 227 and Kurir with 142.
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They mostly lied about the opposition, while President Aleksandar Vucic was exclusively presented positively, along with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the website said.
It added that, as for the foreign news, the “enemies” were the Albanians, Kosovo leaders and NATO, as usual.
The news about “special campaigns” against Vucic and verbal attacks on him, false claims about spy affairs and Krusik story (the ammunition factory where shady arms trade sale was linked to the father of Serbia’s Interior Minister), were also main topics.
As before, the tabloids published unfounded news, impossible to verify or attributed to anonymous sources, lacking crucial facts for the context.
Raskrinkavanje’s journalists did not monitor the sports and showbiz news, so the number of media manipulations might have been higher.
Tabloids are regularly financed from the local communities’ budgets in the form of project co-financing and through public procurement, though they also regularly violate the Code of Serbia’s Journalists, the website added.
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