Informer (newspaper)

Informer is a pro-government daily tabloid newspaper published in Belgrade, Serbia. As of 2016, it is allegedly highest-circulation daily in Serbia, with over 100,000 copies sold every day.

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Informer's 26 December 2013 front page, announcing Serbian tycoon Miroslav Mišković's €200,000 payout to his legal defense team.
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Insajder tim d.o.o.
EditorDragan J. Vučićević
Founded10 May 2012; 9 years ago (2012-05-10)[1]
Political alignmentSerbian Progressive Party[2][3]
Right-wing populism
Hard Euroscepticism
Anti-Western sentiment
Serbian Ethnic ultranationalism[4][5]
HeadquartersTerazije 5/7, Belgrade, Serbia
Circulation~102,000 copies sold (2016)
Websitewww.informer.rs

The newspaper deals with various topics including politics, regional and world news, popular culture, health, and sports. It is known for political bias in favor of the currently ruling Serbian Progressive Party[6]

It is also notorious[7][8] for publishing false information,[9][10][11] insulting and discrediting Aleksandar Vučić's political opponents.[12] The texts published by the tabloid sometimes include chauvinist discourse.[13][14][15][16]

In 2015, Informer was responsible for a scandal after publishing screenshots of a porn clip starring American adult actress Diamond Foxxx, for which the newspapers claimed to be a secret sex tape of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović.[17] This action was "sharply condemned" by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information which called for sanctioning of individuals responsible for this,[18] as well as MP Azra Jasavić in neighbouring Monteregro, where these newspapers are also being published. Jasavić called for changes in law that would prevent Informer's "brutalisation over women" which are according to her being especially targeted by this tabloid.[19]

In January 2019, EU vs Disinformation published that in 2018, Informer was one of the leading Serbian tabloids in publishing false narratives and spreading of war rhetoric.[20] According to Serbian investigative journalism portal Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, more than 700 fake news were published on the front pages of pro-government tabloids during 2018, including Informer as the best-selling newspaper.[21][22] Many of them were about alleged attacks on Aleksandar Vučić and attempts of coups, as well as messages of support to him by Vladimir Putin.[22] In 2020, Twitter announced that they shut down the network of 8,500 spam accounts that wrote 43 million tweets – acted in concert to cheerlead for president Vučić and his party, boost Vučić-aligned content and attack his opponents.[23] Links from the Informer official site were among the most frequently shared content.[23]

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  1. ^ "Objavljen prvi broj dnevnika – 'Informer'". informer.rs. MONDO. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  2. ^ "(VIDEO) FUNKCIONER SNS POTVRDIO ONO ŠTO JE SRBIJA SUMNJALA: Informer je naš stranački list!".
  3. ^ Komunikacije, Neomedia. "Razgovor s vlasnikom Informera, najzloćudnijeg tabloida Balkana: Vučićeviću, jeste li vi budala? / Novi list". novilist.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "U.S. ambassador dubs pro-regime tabloid Informer scum – Slavko Ćuruvija fondacija". Slavko Ćuruvija fondacija. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ "IZ BEOGRADA PERO ZLATAR Kako je naša predsjednica postala Diamond Fox u srpskom Informeru". jutarnji.hr. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ "(VIDEO) FUNKCIONER SNS POTVRDIO ONO ŠTO JE SRBIJA SUMNJALA: Informer je naš stranački list!".
  7. ^ "Serbia Tabloid Targets BIRN, Other Media, as 'Mercenaries'". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Vlasnik najtiražnijih novina u Srbiji: Svi smo mi Šešelj" (in Croatian). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  9. ^ "U.S. ambassador dubs pro-regime tabloid Informer scum – Slavko Ćuruvija fondacija". Slavko Ćuruvija fondacija. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ "IZ BEOGRADA PERO ZLATAR Kako je naša predsjednica postala Diamond Fox u srpskom Informeru". jutarnji.hr. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  11. ^ ""Informer" mora da plati 150.000 dinara uredniku KRIK-a". N1 Srbija (in Serbian). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  12. ^ Komunikacije, Neomedia. "Razgovor s vlasnikom Informera, najzloćudnijeg tabloida Balkana: Vučićeviću, jeste li vi budala? / Novi list". novilist.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  13. ^ "GOVOR MRŽNJE: "Šiptarske svinjarije" u obradi "Informera"". portalanalitika.me (in Bosnian). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Ko s Informerom tikve sadi". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). 17 November 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  15. ^ "e-novine.com – Proterajte Sonju Biserko iz Srbije". e-novine.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  16. ^ "NUNS: Šovinističko denunciranje Dinka Gruhonjića | Cenzolovka". Cenzolovka (in Serbian). 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Vučićević: "Na naslovnici "Informera" nije Kolinda Grabar Kitarović". Avaz.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  18. ^ "LAŽI INFORMERA: Ministarstvo kulture od tužilaštva traži prijavu protiv Vučićevića!". Kurir (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  19. ^ Montenegro, Cafe Del (18 January 2015). "Jasavić: Zaustaviti iživljavanje Informera nad ženama". Crna Gora (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  20. ^ "700 False News Stories In Serbian Tabloids In 2018". EU vs DISINFORMATION. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  21. ^ "700 false news stories in Serbian tabloids in 2018". Stop Fake. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Više od 700 laži na naslovnim stranama tri tabloida u 2018. godini". Crime and Corruption Reporting Network. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  23. ^ a b Bush, Daniel (2 April 2020). ""Fighting Like a Lion for Serbia": An Analysis of Government-Linked Influence Operations in Serbia" (PDF). Stanford University.

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