Original title: VMRO-DPMNE: The day when Macedonia counts 241 newly infected, Zaev’s comrades fill discos with people, without distance and protectionOn July 19, 2020, the portal published an article titled VMRO-DPMNE: On the day when Macedonia counts 241 newly infected, Zaev’s comrades fill discos with people, without distance and protection. In its article, the portal refers to the VMRO-DPMNE party statement, which, among other things, says: “The day when in Macedonia we counted 241 newly infected with coronavirus and 8 dead, discos in Strumica owned by Zaev’s friends are full of people. No masks, no distance, no protection.” In addition to the text, the portal published a photo of the leader of SDSM Zoran Zaev with a certain person.

A link to the original article can be found here.


The portal, conveying the VMRO-DPMNE party statement which contains accusations directed at the political opponent, at the same time “strengthens” their accusation with an alleged proof – a photo of the leader Zaev in a disco without respecting the recommendations for mandatory distance and wearing a mask.

Namely, the photo used by the portal is old, and dates from August 2018, and in this case it was abused in order to “support” the accusation against Zaev and his comrades, which was presented without any evidence.

From this it is clear that the purpose of the author of the article is aimed at discrediting the leader of SDSM, so he manipulates the public with an old photo.

As for the case with the Strumica disco Avatar, to which they allude in the article and try to involve Zaev in it, the same day there was a sharp reaction from the Minister of Health Venko Filipche where he urged the competent institutions – Ministry of Interior and competent inspectorates to implement investigation and sanction these unauthorized gatherings.

And as 360 degrees writes, already on July 21, the Night Club “Avatar” in Strumica ended with a seal on the door. This case is another one in a series in which the closeness or friendship between politicians and businessmen does not mean that the institutions do not act and do not sanction violations and non-compliance with the law.

All institutions are at the service of the citizens for the protection of everyone’s health. That is why such headlines, which aim to undermine the trust in the system and cause dissatisfaction, can only negatively affect the public, and all this can result in damage to public health.

This is just another of the many articles on this portal of biased reporting and manipulation of the public in favor of a specific political party.




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