The Albanian government has come under criticism from the opposition and rights groups after it decided on Saturday to establish a new Agency for Media and Information that will centralise the government's media messaging, sparking allegations that Prime Minister Edi Rama's administration is seeking to evade media scrutiny.
In recent years, the world has witnessed an array of strategies and tactics for waging a "new cold war". Propaganda and disinformation are among the most important and powerful instruments in this war. Montenegro is vulnerable to these trends, as well as to the disinformation strategies and tactics imported from other countries.
Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts which it says were involved in anti-vax disinformation campaigns operated from Russia
"You can produce a piece of fake news in five minutes, but it takes a few hours or a few days to debunk it." Exposing disinformation and misinformation is a difficult task that requires "meticulous, investigative, time-consuming work," and requires it be presented "without boring [audiences] and without spreading propaganda yourself," Voicu elaborates.
It goes without saying that the political opposition has an institutional obligation to keep the government in check.
SYRIZA's latest video campaign against Greece's seven-month-old conservative administration is a legitimate move, even if it occasionally resorts to half-truths and cheap populism, like when it misrepresents the prime minister's diplomatic activity as tourism.