Threats are widespread and unhidden because aggressors are not just anonymous trolls. They are members of the most notorious nationalist political parties, highly ranked officials in political parties of the opposition, members of the police force and highly organised groups of party trolls. We at CIVIL have identified several groups which manage dozens of anonymous social media profiles, and spread disinformation and hate speech on an hourly basis.
The propaganda centres do their best to diminish and discredit individuals and organisations who work on the promotion of European values, antinationalism, justice, equality and human rights. My work is in direct opposition to everything they represent. That is the reason for this enormous multi-year dark campaigning against those who stand for human rights.
– quote from the column “Anti-Western propaganda against civil society in North Macedonia: The case of CIVIL” by Xhabir Deralla, published in CIVIL.Today on May 3, 2021.