Challenging Dangerous Messages Online – Skopje, May 2017


Campaign ideas discussed in the Skopje workshop focused on countering Islamophobia and rethinking patriotism, both of which, according to participants, have been misused by the previous government to create exclusionary narratives that fuel ethnic tensions.

Participants also planned to promote the positive and peaceful side of Islam to counter the misinterpretation of religious texts by violent extremist recruiters and to reach various vulnerable groups, such as rural women, through innovative communication formats, such as soap operas.

Participants said:

We now face a difficult task – to mend the country

Macedonia was on the verge of ethnic conflict, the society is so divided…