We are probably best known for our media analysis and monitoring during elections. An important benchmark for us was the year 1999 when we were approached for the first time by the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to participate in their international election observation missions.
To date, MEMO 98 has taken part in more than 150 election and media related projects in some 60 countries (in particular in the former Soviet Union and the Balkan countries, but also in Africa, America, Asia, including Middle East). More specifically, our projects and activities were related to the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Libya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
These missions and projects have been conducted in the framework of international organizations, including OSCE/ODIHR, European Union, United Nations, Pro Media, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), International Media Support (IMS), and National Democratic Institute (NDI). The most significant international projects carried out by MEMO 98 include those conducted in the former Yugoslavia (2000), Belarus (2001, 2004, 2007-2008 and 2020), Ukraine (2004, 2015-2016, 2019), Russia (2005-11, 2015), Azerbaijan (2008, 2013-2015), Myanmar (2010-11 and 2015-16), Serbia (2012-2014), Georgia (2013-2015) and Kyrgyzstan (2020-2021).
Between 19 November 2020 and 9 January 2021, Media Development Center, a Kyrgyz media organization, and MEMO 98, a Slovak non-profit specialist media-monitoring organization, monitored social media in the run-up to the 10 January early presidential election...
Exiled opposition politician dominated on Instagram
Monitoring of social media during the recent Kazakh parliamentary elections showed that while in political exile, the fugitive former head of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank and opposition politician...
Between 1 September and 13 November 2020, in cooperation with Mediapoint, we monitored how politicians and parties used Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok in the context of the November 1 and 15, 2020 presidential election in Moldova.
While not winning on social media, Japarov takes the presidency
Bishkek, Bratislava, 11 January 2021
Monitoring of the Kyrgyz snap presidential election showed that Sadyr Japarov was outcompeted by other candidates on social media but that did not stop him...
Bidzina Ivanishvili most active on Facebook but Mikheil Saakashvili more popular. From among parties, UNM more active than the Georgian Dream. European Georgia spent more money on FB ads than any other party.
Source: Roveliu Buga/AP
Chisinau: Moldova’s new President-elect Maia Sandu out-competed the incumbent Dodon in online campaigning ahead of the second round of voting, helping her secure victory in the runoff, according to social media monitoring...
Zheenbekov loses out in Kyrgyzstan’s Instagram election
Monitoring of the disputed Kyrgyz elections showed the now ousted President Zheebenkov was outcompeted by other political figures and parties on social media – despite being the most...
The presidential election in Belarus fell well short of international standards for transparent, free and fair elections, and saw a clear attempt by the authorities to manipulate the outcome, according to independent election monitoring organisations.
President Lukashenko has tried to play down the upcoming election as an unnecessary distraction from business as usual, but an active social media movement has shown the public is no longer prepared to go along with an alternate reality, according to a new...