Annual Digital Rights Report 2021: Online Intimidation – Controlling the Narrative in the Balkans

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Nearly 800 cases of digital rights violations in eight countries of south-eastern Europe were recorded by BIRN and SHARE Foundation in the latest Annual Digital Rights Report 2021. Hate speech continues to thrive, journalists and vulnerable groups are systematically targeted in the online realm, and the presence of fake news does not decline. Similarly, political and religious tensions, which still continue to mark the cultural and political life of our societies, also surged, further polarising society. In 449 cases, freedom of expression was endangered, while in 309, people spread disinformation and propaganda. Information security breaches took place in 138 cases, while privacy and personal data breaches took place on 109 occasions. Read more here.

Source: Balkan Insight

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