Bolivia Verifica

Organization: Bolivia Verifica
Applicant: Renan Estenssoro
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría

Background

Self-described as an "independent, non-profit, non-political digital media that aims to verify news and public discourse to fight misinformation and improve democratic participation", Bolivia Verifica is a fact-checking organization set up in 2019. In December 2021 applied to renew the accreditation of IFCN Code of Principles that they were awarded in 2020 for the first time.

Assessment Conclusion

Bolivia Verifica fully complies with all the requirements of the IFCN Code of Principles. Although minor improvements have been suggested at several criteria (1.5, 4.4, and 4.5), the overall assessment is POSITIVE in all aspects, so the recommendation to the Board is to renew their accreditation.

on 03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Autodescrito como un "medio digital independiente, sin fines de lucro ni tendencia política que tiene como objetivo verificar noticias y el discurso público para luchar contra la desinformación y mejorar la participación democrática", Bolivia Verifica es una organización de verificación de datos establecida en 2019. En diciembre de 2021 solicitó renovar la acreditación del Código de Principios IFCN que le fuer otorgada en 2020 por primera vez.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

En la parte superior de la página principal de Bolivia Verifica, tenemos un botón titulado “Quienes somos”, que conduce a una página que incluye enlaces externos a nuestros estatutos y nuestros documentos de estatus legal.

La Fundación para el Periodismo es una organización sin fines de lucro que fue creada por periodistas bolivianos en 2008 y autorizada para funcionar como tal por Resolución Prefectural No. 603 del Gobierno Autónomo Departamental de La Paz.

El enlace Quiénes somos está en https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

Y nuestros estatutos y estatus legal se encuentran en https://fundacionperiodismo.org/estatutos/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

In Spanish language, Bolivia Verifica has provided details about the origin, legal status, staff, activities, and goals of their organization. Bound to Fundación para el Periodismo, a Bolivian NGO that promotes quality journalism since 2008, Bolivia Verifica was founded in June 2019. This Foundation was created by several journalists and is currently supported by dozens of Bolivian media organizations. As requested by the IFCN Code of Principles, the statutes of Fundación para el Periodismo as well the necessary details about of fact-checking organization are publicly available in the Who we are (Quiénes somos) page of their website.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

1. El proyecto Bolivia Verifica fue creado en junio de 2019 con el objetivo de combatir la desinformación. En ese momento, Bolivia estaba en vísperas de elecciones y nuestro objetivo era verificar el discurso y los rumores de y sobre los candidatos presidenciales.

2. El equipo de Bolivia Verifica está compuesto por 23 personas organizadas de la siguiente manera: 5 miembros de la Junta Directiva, 6 periodistas a cargo de la verificación de datos, 3 editores, 2 periodistas productores de podcasts, 1 gerente de sistemas y encargado de periodismo de datos, 1 diseñador gráfico, 1 animador de podcasts, 1 marketing y redes sociales, gerente de medios, 1 director ejecutivo, 1 administrador, 1 asistente administrativo

3. La Fundación para el Periodismo se dedica a la formación y educación de periodistas en Bolivia. Bolivia Verifica es un proyecto de la Fundación para el Periodismo dirigido a mejorar la calidad de la información que reciben los ciudadanos.

4. Nuestros objetivos hijo:

Consolidar la sostenibilidad económica del Proyecto Bolivia Verifica.

Mejorar la calidad del debate público con información verificada y los mejores datos disponibles, esto se logrará a través de la Alfabetización Mediática.

Verificar la información y las noticias sobre el censo de población y vivienda que se llevará a cabo el año 2022.

Monitorear la desinformación que se genera en torno al cambio climático. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica has presented, in full detail, information about:

1. The year (2019) when Fundación para el Periodismo fact-checking operation started.

2. The team, composed of 23 members: 5 board members, 6 journalists responsible for fact-checking, 3 editors, 2 podcast producers, and 7 additional members with several technical or management responsibilities.

3. The activities carried out by the applicant, which are comprise fact-checking and training for journalists aimed at improving the quality of information in Bolivia.

4. The main goals that this organization is pursuing in the forthcoming year, which are 1) to ensure the financial sustainability, 2) to improve de quality of public debate in Bolivia through evidence-based information and media literacy campaigns, 3) and to monitor the information on some specific topics such as the population and household census to be performed in 2022, as well as the misinformation on climate change.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago)

Incluimos una lista de nuestras verificaciones de datos que incluye un enlace por semana de los últimos 6 meses. También puedes encontrar nuestro trabajo de verificación de hechos aquí: https://boliviaverifica.bo/noticias-falsas/

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica has presented a spreadsheet with 32 fact-checks performed over the nine months prior to the date of application (Apr. 2, 2021 - Nov. 4, 2021). This document proves that the applicant has surpassed the minimum requested of at least one fact-check published a week.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

More than 75% of Bolivia Verifica’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society in Bolivia. As Fundación para el Periodismo is backed by media organizations of wide spectrum of ideologies, the editorial output of Bolivia Verifica does not seem, in the view and knowledge of the assessor, controlled by the state, any political party or politician.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Este año no se tuvo ninguna relación comercial, financiera y/o institucional con el estado.

El año pasado a causa de la pandemia, la Fundación para el Periodismo tiene un convenio entre Naciones Unidas que involucra al ex Ministerio de Comunicación con la única intención de colaborar con la infodemia, por lo que los temas que escribimos y el contenido que desarrollamos con este convenio involucra estrictamente solo el Coronavirus.

Este acuerdo se realizó en marzo de 2020, los detalles se pueden revisar aquí: http://boliviaverifica.bo/fundacion-para-el-periodismo-sistema-de-naciones-unidas-y-ministerio-de-comunicacion-firman-acuerdo- para -contra-desinformación /

Podemos revisar nuestra transparencia financiera en este enlace. https://boliviaverifica.bo/politica-de-fondos/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

According to the information provided by the applicant, Bolivia Verifica did not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationships with the Bolivian state, politicians or political parties over the year assessed. Bolivia Verifica self-defines as a non-profit organization that receives financial support by several foundations and international organizations. The information on the financial aid received over the years 2019 and 2020 is publicly disclosed.

As the new application was submited 
to IFCN by the end of 2021, we kindly invite the applicant to add the financial information on that year at their earliest convenience.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago)

En este enlace https://boliviaverifica.bo/politica-de-fondos/, la página de política de fondos indicamos que todo actor financiero debe respetar nuestro principio de independencia editorial con el siguiente texto:

Los recursos económicos que reciben este programa no influyen en el trabajo del Observatorio Bolivia Verifica. Todos aquellos actores financieros que están involucrados en el proyecto Dicho esto respetarán nuestro principio de independencia editorial.ç

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica provides full and transparent disclosure of all the relevant information about its ownership and funding scheme.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/radiografia-de-la-entrevista-a-jeanine-anez-la-realidad-detras-de-las-cifras/ (el año pasado era oficialismo)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/enganosa-evaluacion-de-cifras-de-coronavirus-es-publicada-por-doria-medina/ (oposición)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/luis-arce-tuitea-informacion-falsa-sobre-los-incendios-en-bolivia/ (oficialismo)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/el-gobernador-de-santa-cruz-emite-dos-datos-falsos-sobre-vacunacion-en-el-departamento/ (oposición)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/garcia-linera-afirma-que-coordino-renuncia-de-salvatierra-desde-mexico/ (oficialismo)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/viceministra-de-comunicacion-da-un-dato-falso-sobre-el-promedio-de-vacunacion-en-bolivia/ (oficialismo)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/tres-mentiras-en-una-conferencia-de-prensa-de-rocio-nogales-representante-del-control-social-de-riberalta/ (representante civil)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/ni-es-japonesa-ni-fue-presidenta-de-peru-un-diputado-boliviano-emite-datos-falsos-sobre-keiko-fujimori/ (oficialismo)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/dos-datos-falsos-sobre-los-vocales-del-tse-en-una-transmision-de-facebook/ (periodista opositor)

https://boliviaverifica.bo/radiografia-del-discurso-publico-candidatos-virtieron-falsedades-en-plena-campana-electoral/ (candidatos de varios partidos)

Todas estas notas muestran cómo Bolivia Verifica chequea el discurso público sin importar la ubicación ideológica del mismo. El procedimiento seguido es el mismo para todo el contenido: seleccionar una frase chequeable, consultar al emisor de la frase sobre su fuente y contrastar el dato con las mejores fuentes disponibles. Este proceso determina la categoría de lo que se analizó. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The non-partisanship of Bolivia Verifica has been sufficiently demonstrated by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to politicians, political parties and leaders of all the political spectrum in Bolivia. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica has presented evidence of a page where it discloses publicly its policy to perform fact-checks. There the applicant explains which cases can be subject to fact-checking. In another page on fact-checking methodology, it commits itself to non-partisanship and to avoid unduly concentrations on any ideological side. The policy is deemed sound and transparent.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2021), no traces have been found of commercial interests that might influence the fact-checking activity of Bolivia Verifica.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2021), no traces have been found of political or ideological interests that might influence the fact-checking activity of Bolivia Verifica.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

En la parte superior de la página de inicio, se incluye la siguiente declaración:

Bolivia Verifica es un medio digital apolítico y sin fines de lucro dedicado a verificar las noticias y el discurso público para combatir la desinformación y mejorar la participación democrática.

También en nuestra página de Quienes Somos https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/ arriba del título del Observatorio Bolivia Verifica se encuentra la siguiente declaración que aclara el no partidismo del personal:

“El personal de Bolivia Verifica no tiene filiación política ni compromisos ideológicos o religiosos. Su trabajo es estrictamente periodístico e independiente y se enmarca dentro de los parámetros y principios éticos de la Fundación para el Periodismo ”

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As requested, the applicant sets out its policy of non-partisanship for the staff. According to this policy, "the staff has no political affiliation or ideological or religious commitments. Their work is strictly journalistic and independent and is framed within the ethical parameters and principles of the Fundación para el Periodismo" (asssesor's translation).


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica shows a very consistent and widespread use of links to back fact-checks. Frequently, the links point to other international fact-checking organizations, thus reinforcing the quality of background information provided. All in all, users can easily check the relevant information by themselves.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

According to the assessor's knowledge, the sources used by Bolivia Verifica to back fact-checks are well diversified, relevant and sound. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the six months prior to this assessment (Jul. 2020 - Dec. 2021), the overall impression is that Bolivia Verifica shows a good diversity of sources to back its fact-checks, giving priority for public, open-access content. Trustworthy information published by other fact-checkers is also consistently referred. No unduly concentration in any specific sources has been detected.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The sources used by Bolivia Verifica are free-access and reliable, so that readers can conclude the interests that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. No examples have been found of cases where the applicant has contextualized the sources used to back its fact-checks, explaining why some sources have been used instead of others.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Somos una organización independiente. 

En el siguiente enlace tenemos la prueba del estado de nuestra organización

https://boliviaverifica.bo/transparencia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica, a non-profit organization, is bound to a parent organization, Fundación para el Periodismo, "a non-profit organization that was created by Bolivian journalists in 2008 with the objective of qualifying democracy and contributing to the economic and social development of the country. With that view, he works to qualify journalism and build citizenship by developing various programs in various areas" (assessor's translation).


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica publicly shows evidence of its legal status and relationship with the Fundación para el Periodismo. It also displays a long list of "allies": dozens of media organizations and other institutions that support or collaborate with them.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

En la parte superior de la página principal de Bolivia Verifica, tenemos un botón titulado "Quienes somos", que conduce a una página que incluye el detalle de nuestro equipo.

"Quienes somos", https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica publicizes the composition of its team, indicating their respective level of responsibility.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As requested, short biographies of Bolivia Verifica team members are published on the website, including their email addresses so that they can be reached by anyone. Nevertheless, these email addresses are provided just as plain text; they would be more user-friendly if they were active links. This assessor kindly invites the applicant to apply this improvement.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

En el medio tenemos un boton con el texto: "CONTACTARSE CON LOS EDITORES" para animar a los usuarios a comunicarse con nuestro equipo editorial

https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/ 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Users can contact Bolvia Verifica through different means, such as TwitterFacebook and Whatsapp, as well as journalists' email accounts. However, contrary to what is claimed by the applicant, no button has been found that allows users to contact with the editors. That button seems to be no longer seem available anywhere at the website. Also, the link to contact through Whatsapp is quite hidden just in an inner page of the website. All in all, this assessor kindly invites the applicant to improve the accessibility of the contact means offered to users.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant publicly discloses the methodology used to select, research, write and publish its fact-checks. Inspired in the methodology developed by Chequeado (Argentina), the fact-checking procedure of Bolivia Verifica is deemed sound and reliable. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Based on a random review of a number of fact-checks published over several months prior to this assessment, enough examples have been found that Bolivia Verifica selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Drawing upon a number of randomly selected fact-checks, the assessor has come to the conclusion that Bolivia Verifica commits to transparency and fairness when processing claims. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

No evidence has been found of the eventual usage of different standards for fact-checking, depending on who made the claim, or the subject checked.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

In the random sample of fact-checks used for this assessment, the assessor has not found cases of infringement of this criterion. In absence of any apparent misbehaviour, the assessment is deemed as compliant.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Although no examples of corrections have been added to the application, the assessor has found that, indeed, the applicant encourages users to propose claims to check, provide data and knowledge, as well as warn about possible errors in the checks. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/

En la parte inferior tenemos el apartado "Mecanismo de rectificación" en esta página tenemos el siguiente texto:

Nuestro material de boletines, podcasts y videos se somete a nuestra metodología ya la rectificación. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

At Bolivia Verifica's website there are several examples of updated, revised and corrected fact-checks, located in the bottom of the methodology section. For instance, a corrected fact-check can be found, published on May 2020. According to all these evidences, the overall assessment for this criterion is positive.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The corrections policy is explained in detail in the methodology section, so that users can know in advance how correction requests will be handled. However, Bolivia Verifica lacks detail as regards the timeframe to handle these requests. The applicant is invited to announce the maximum delay expected to publish corrections, when needed.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Bolivia Verifica utiliza los términos “actualizado”, “corregido” y “rectificado” para poder enmendar algún contenido que se evidencia que tuvo fallas en el método. Estamos atentos a las sugerencias de nuestros lectores y revisamos lo que tiene observaciones del público. Se evalúa el contenido y en caso de ser necesario se hace la corrección y la aclaración correspondiente.

A continuación dejamos algunos ejemplos de lo señalado.

https://boliviaverifica.bo/es-falsa-la-carta-de-terceros-agradeciendo-al-gobierno-argentino-por-material-antimotin/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/unitel-indico-que-el-petardazo-era-contra-la-personeria-del-mas/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/cientifico-boliviano-busca-patente-de-la-quinina-pero-el-uso-de-cloroquina-e-hidroxicloroquina-en-covid-19-no-tiene-respaldo-de- la-oms / 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As indicated above, Bolivia Verifica distinguishes between updated, revised and corrected fact-checks. Over the year assessed (Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2021), there have been no examples of corrected fact-checks. However, several examples of updated and revised fact-checks (1, 2, 3) have been provided, which received adequate response. All in all, this criterion is deemed as compliant.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

En nuestra sección de “Metodología”  https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/  explicamos el proceso para enmendar algún error. 

En ese mismo apartado enlazamos la página y las cuentas de redes sociales de la IFCN para que puedan hacer llegar quejas en caso de que haya violado algún principio de la Red.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As requested, Bolivia Verifica informs users on how they should proceed in case they want to inform the IFCN of any violation of the Code of Principles. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Bolivia Verifica
22-Nov-2021 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Puede acceder a nuestras enmiendas en https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/ 

Allí no solo encontrará el listado de notas que fueron corregidas, sino también el procedimiento en el cual nos regimos para hacerlo. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
03-Jan-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Bolivia Verifica is bound to a parent organization, Fundación para el Periodismo, which has a Mission and Vision that adhere to a honest and open corrections policy.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.