Sputnik is the only media with a presence in this hub which is owned by a state actor outside of the region, appearing there through its Serbian-language outlet Sputnik Srbija. The outlet also offers its radio broadcasts in the local language to several radio stations from both Serbia, and Bosnia and BiH, and has a significant social media following.
Over the course of one year covered by this research, Raskrinkavanje flagged Sputnik 36 times for disinformation published in 16 articles. This and previous Raskrinkavanje reports found that Sputnik articles about BiH have a clear editorial bias towards the ruling party in Republika Srpska, the Serb-led entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Raskrinkavanje analysis showed Sputnik has de facto acted as [Milorad] Dodik’s campaign outlet prior to 2018 elections. Several EU countries, as well as NATO – with emphasis on the latter – were presented in these narratives as a threat to Serbs, Republika Srpska, or Milorad Dodik in particular, the report found. His opponents were labeled as “puppets” of foreign actors and/or implicated in several conspiracy theories about alleged coup plans or “color revolutions” planned by EU or NATO states, Raskrinkavanje quotes.
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