Anti-LGBT sentiment flourishes online in South East Europe

On August 2, famous North Macedonian pop singer Vladimir Blazev, known professionally as Pancho DNK, wrote a Facebook post in which he claims that during the celebration of Republic Day or National Day of Ilinden, a historic song “Vo borba, vo borba” was intentionally rewritten.

Blazev alleged that the singers who performed the song cut out some key phrases that mention national hero Goce Delchev, whose historical legacy is still a source of dispute with neighboring Bulgaria, as he is considered a national hero by locals. two countries.

Another incident in North Macedonia on August 11 saw famous Macedonian singer Vladimir Vlado Janevski to be attacked on social networks. The singer has been the target of hate speech and death threats from several social media users after news broke that he will appear at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the peace accord of August 2001 which ended the armed conflict. between the Macedonian security forces and the paramilitaries of the Albanian National Liberation Army.

Meanwhile, in Romania, singer Florin Salam has been the victim of false information online when StirileProTV, one of Romania’s most widely read news sites, published an article saying the singer had died in hospital after contracting COVID-19.

Salam replied, “No. I am not dead. And unfortunately, such information is a blow to the credibility of the Romanian media,” he wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile, in Bosnia, actress Arma Tanovic Brankovic said an unknown created a fake profile of her underage daughter on Instagram on August 6. After informing the police, the profile was quickly closed and the suspects were identified.

Online deceptions and scams continue

Cheats continued to occur online with disturbing regularity in many countries. Hungary recorded three different incidents of online fraud in the first half of August.