Project Countering False Information in Kosovo: Experience-sharing between V4 and Prishtina

Project “Countering False Information in Kosovo: Experience-Sharing between V4 and Prishtina” seeks to bring together experts on combating false information from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Kosovo to share their experience and, most importantly, to help Kosovo experts enhance their knowledge regarding the necessary measures and tools to be implemented to protect the country from false information that could seriously harm Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic Path and aspirations.

What is more, the project will train and educate university students to recognize and combat false information and, consequently, increase Kosovo’s society’s ability to tackle and prevent false information from impacting society.

Kosovo is a society under increasing threat from false information (misinformation, disinformation, malicious information, or deepfake.) Increased use of social networks and the emergence of various online platforms, combined with the ease of  disseminating information on the Internet, creates a suitable ground for spreading false information. That leads to conflict and unrest caused by hate speech stemming from false information.

The Western Balkans, have long been the target of false information. Kosovo is a young country that still has to grapple with foreign influence accompanied by the dissemination of false information by state and non-state actors. Despite the fact Kosovo has developed some measures to counter false information, the war in Ukraine and the current geopolitical situation pose an imminent threat to Kosovo society, as state and non-state actors are seeking to undermine the democratization effort and sabotage Kosovo´s path toward the membership in the European Union and NATO. Crucially, V4 countries have experience with such malign activities. Experts from Central Europe could provide Kosovo experts and university students with skills and knowledge to help Kosovo counter false information and avoid disrupting the country´s ambitions. Therefore, the project´s relevance is to make Kosovo experts and university students more resilient and capable of countering false information.




The Balkan Forum


Balkan Views


Association for International Affairs


Institute of Central Europe

The Balkan Forum is with Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky/Association for International Affairs and Instytut Europy Środkowej and Balkan Views.

Projekti “Luftimi kundër Informacionit të rremë në Kosovë: Shkëmbimi i eksperiencave në mes shteteve të V4 dhe Prishtinës” ka vazhduar edhe sot. “Dezinformata që rrezikon Ballkanin Perëndimor – si të njohim dezinformimin dhe pasojat e tij në rajon” ishte tema mbi të cilën studentët kanë marrë ligjërata nga ekspertët prej organizatave: Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky/Association for International Affairs nga Çekia, Instytut Europy Środkowej nga Polonia dhe @TheBalkanViews nga Sllovakia në bashkëpunim me të cilat “The Balkan Forum” e implementon projektin.Projekti “Luftimi kundër Informacionit të rremë në Kosovë: Shkëmbimi i eksperiencave në mes shteteve të V4 dhe Prishtinës” mbështetet nga “International Visegrad Fund”.–

The project “Countering false information in Kosovo: experience-sharing between V4 and Pristina” has continued today.“Disinformation endangering Western Balkans – how to recognize disinformation and their consequences in the region” received lectures from experts of the organizations: Association for International Affairs (AMO)” from the Czech Republic, “The Institute of Central Europe” from Poland and “The Balkan Views” from Slovakia in cooperation with which “The Balkan Forum” implements the project.The project “Fighting against False Information in Kosovo: Exchange of experiences between the V4 countries and Pristina” is supported by the @visegradfund #VisegradFund#TheBF#TheBalkanForum#AMO#TheInstituteofCentralEurope#thebalkanviews