Colombiacheck

Organization: Colombiacheck
Applicant: Pablo Medina Uribe
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría

Background

Colombiacheck is a media organization dedicated to fact-checking and hoax debunking in Colombia since 2016.

Assessment Conclusion

In a first round of assessment for this criterion, it was found that the information about the Colombiacheck's team members was disclosed only in the website of its parent organization, Consejo de Redacción. The applicant was invited to fix this minor deficiency, which was corrected immediately. After this correction, the professional biographies of the Colombiachek members appear published on the website. Therefore this criterion is assessed as compliant.

on 29-Sep-2020 (6 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Colombiacheck es una organización periodística de Colombia, dedicada desde 2016 a la verificación informativa desde 2010.

En una primera ronda de evaluación, se detectí una deficiencia menor en el criterio 4.4, que fue inmediatamente corregida por Colombiacheck. Tras esa modificación, cumple con todos los requisitos del Código de Principios de la IFCN. Por tanto, la recomendación al Board de IFCN es ACEPTAR la renovación de la acreditación.

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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago)

Colombiacheck is a project conceived and developed by Consejo de Redacción (CdR), a Colombian NGO that promotes investigative journalism in Colombia. This project was launched in June, 2016 (https://consejoderedaccion.org/), and it is currently the only media outlet mainly dedicated to fact-checking in Colombia.

In our website we clearly declare that CdR is the organization behind our work: https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros.html (see article and footer).

In the attached file, you can find a document that certifies CdR's legal registration:

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Bound to Consejo de Redacción (CdR), a Colombian NGO that promotes investigative journalism since 2008, Colombiacheck has provided detailed information about the origin, legal status, staff, activities, and goals of the organization, founded in June 2016. The statutes of Consejo de Redacción, as well as most of the information about of Colombiacheck re also available in the 'About us' (Sobre nosotros) 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?

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

Colombiacheck was created in June, 2016 as a project to fight misinformation stemming from the peace process that was being held in Havana, Cuba, between the Colombian Government and the then FARC guerrilla. It has evolved since to cover a wider agenda, such as public discourse in general, electoral campaigns, the current COVID-19 pandemic, and other mis- and disinformation.

2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?

At the time of this application, Colombiacheck’s team comprises 18 people: a director, a misinformation editor, seven staff reporters, four regional correspondents, a community manager, a graphic designer, a webmaster, and an administrative coordinator. We also work with some journalists from allied media outlets and other organizations, but their works must go through Colombiacheck’s editorial process before being published.

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

Colombiacheck publishes fact-checks in various formats: written articles, podcasts, videos and social media stories. We also train journalists from other media outlets and different audiences (NGO, students, teachers, etc.) on techniques and tools to verify public discourse or internet mis- and disinformation. CdR is an association that advocates for investigative journalism practice and promotion in Colombia.

4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Our main goals for the next year are to streamline our workflow, to create a section dedicated to covering health disinformation, and to begin developing tools that can help both our fact-checking work, and our audience in identifying falsehoods online.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck has presented, in full detail, information about:

1. The year (2016) and the reasons why this fact-checking operation started.

2. The amount of people (18) who work in the organization, indicating their respective roles.

3. The different activities that are carried out by Colombiacheck .

4. The goals that Colombiacheck is pursuing over the coming year, which comprise improvements in their workflow, to create a section dedicated to covering health disinformation, and several technical developments in order to improve their fact-checking activities..


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In the last six months (since Feb. 21 and up to Aug. 21), we have published a total of 493 fact-checks on our website, for an average of 18.9 per week. A spreadsheet with all these fact-checks is attached.

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As proof of their constant fact-checking activities, Colombiacheck has presented a spreadsheet with 493 fact-checks performed over the six months prior to the date of application (21 Feb. 2020 - 21 Aug. 2020), almost fourty times the minimum amount of evidences requested (13). The additional details on these fact-checks are also provided, with full clarity.


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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

More than 75% of Colombiacheck’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 Colombia. A large amount of fact-checks performed from February to August 2020 relate to COVID-19 pandemic, which is totally reasonable considering that this was globally the main news on that period of time. Besides that, Colombiacheck also published a significant amount of fact-checks on political, economic and social issues, most of them focuses on Colombia. 


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We do not have any commercial, financial, or institutional relationship with the Colombian state or government, nor with any of the country’s politicians.

Our internal regulations (CdR's statute) state that "the associates must declare conflicts of interest between their professional functions and the objectives and activities of the organization, inform of any situation that goes against the principles of CdR and announce when they stop exercising the journalistic profession": https://consejoderedaccion.org/asociados/registrarse

Also, Colombiacheck's code of principles states that "We do not defend any ideology, nor do we carry out political activism or of any other type": https://colombiacheck.com/metodologia.html

When hired, our journalists commit to follow both principles.

Our financial sources are described here: https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros

and are summarized as follows:

International cooperation (51,7%), including funds from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW) in Germany, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the United states, International Media Support (IMS) in Denmark, and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Income by Colombiacheck’s participation on Third-Party Fact-Checkers (3PFC) Facebook’s program (36,2%).

Own resources (12,1%) received through Consejo de Redacción’s own activities and projects (such as workshops, member’s fees and others), including those with International Center for Jounralists, ICFJ. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

In the view and knowledge of the assessor, Colombiacheck’s editorial output is not controlled by the state, a political party, politician or lobby. The parent organisation, Consejo de Redacción, has a publicly disclosed policy that openly refuses all kind of conflict of interests on its staff and associate members.


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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck does not receive funds from Colombia state nor intervene in government’s projects. Its funding sources and financial scheme, which over the last couple of years include subsidies from several international foundations and paid services from Facebook and Google, are publicly disclosed in their About us page.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The following fact-checks show that we fact-check all sides of the Colombian political spectrum. They also make explicit the steps we follow in each public discourse fact-check: 1. contact the person who made the statement to be fact-checked. 2. consult official sources. 3. consult non-official sources. 4. consult non-biased experts in the field, or at least a balanced mix. 5. contextualize the fact-check. 6 rate. Some of the examples are social media fact-checks. In those, we can't consult the person who made a statement, but we follow the other steps, regardless. Examples 1 and 2 are of the fact-checks we did to the president's speech on Colombia's national day, August 7th (1), and to the speech made later that day by members of the opposition (2). Examples 5 and 6, in particular, show similar claims made by politicians on opposite sides of a political debate (5. is a fact-check to Bogotá mayor Claudia López and 6. is a fact-check to the Health Minister, both about the available evidence of certain activities impacting the number of new coronavirus cases). All the fact-checks argue their ratings with the evidence found for each.

1. https://colombiacheck.com/especiales/chequeo-los-logros-de-duque-en-el-discurso-del-7-de-agosto
2. https://colombiacheck.com/especiales/chequeo-los-discursos-de-la-oposicion-del-7-de-agosto
3. https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/colombia-no-es-el-pais-que-registra-la-mayor-tasa-de-muertes-como-dijo-cepeda
4. 
https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/fondo-de-tierras-no-tendria-hectareas-para-repartir-porque-la-mayoria-ya-tienen-dueno 
5. 
https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/no-hay-como-saber-si-reabrir-iglesias-es-500-veces-peor-que-dias-sin-iva 
6. 
https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/no-hay-como-comparar-contagio-por-aglomeraciones-de-dia-sin-iva-y-de-fiestas
7. 
https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/tribunal-europeo-de-derechos-humanos-no-puede-actuar-en-caso-mancuso
8. 
https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/ramirez-no-dijo-que-los-pobres-los-sorprendio-la-pandemia-por-no-ahorrar
9. https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/miranda-compartio-viejo-meme-chileno-con-cifras-sin-fuente-favor-del-cannabis
10. https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/foto-de-la-marcha-del-orgullo-lgbt-en-bogota-no-es-de-2020 


 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck avoids any partisanship. When performing fact-checks, this organization applies a consistent and sound fact-checking methodology, backing the information with reliable links and covering issues regardless the ideological alignment of the institution, political party or person concerned. The non-partisanship has been adequately demonstrated by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to politicians of all the Colombian political spectrum. 


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck provides information about its fact-checking methodology and principles to avoid any unduly concentration of fact-checking on any ideological side. This policy is sound and reliable.


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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Sept. 2019 - Aug. 2020), the assessor has found no trace of any commercial interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Chequeado.


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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year, no trace was found of any political or ideological interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Colombiacheck.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros
https://colombiacheck.com/node/169 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous months, a very consistent and widespread use of links to back fact-checks was found. Thanks to the availability of these information resources, Colombiacheck's users can easily verify 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

According to the assessor's knowledge, the sources used by Colombiacheck 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck does not show any unduly concentration in any specific sources. On the contrary, it relies on a wide array of sources to back its fact-checks, giving priority for public, open-access content. External sources are the core of the background information and they are consistently referred.


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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Although it's not a very common circumstance, when needed, Colombiacheck contextualizes sufficiently the information about the sources used to back the fact-checks. It provides details so that readers can reasonably conclude the interests that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Colombiacheck is a fact-checking project created as part of Consejo de Redacción, an independent association of journalists. The “About Us” section on CdR’s website includes us in one of its three working approaches: https://consejoderedaccion.org/sobre-cdr

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck self-defines as an independent journalistic project. It is bound to a parent organization, Consejo de Redacción, a "not-for-profit, non-partisan, which brings together more than 100 associated journalists in Colombia to promote investigative journalismo" (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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The “About Us” page in Colombiacheck’s website states we are a project by Consejo de Redacción: https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros

It’s also in our footer at https://colombiacheck.com  

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The information provided by Colombiacheck about its funding scheme, which includes a table with a list of funding organizations over the last two years (2019, 2020) and the overall amount of money received from them, is deemed sufficient. As indicated in the assessmen of criterion 4.1, Colombiacheck is bound to Consejo de Redacción, a parent not-for-profit and non-partisan organization.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck provides on its website a list of the staff members and volunteers. In another page of the parent organization, Consejo de Redacción, a more detailed information is provided about the Colombiacheck's team, with photos and bios of their main staff members.



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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Colombiacheck
23-Sep-2020 (6 months ago)
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The information about the Colombiacheck's team members is fully disclosed only in the website of its parent organization, Consejo de Redacción. In order to provide to the users a more accessible information about the organizational structure of Colombiacheck, we kindly advise them to provide full information about the staff, including means of contact, directly in the website of the fact-checking organization.


cancel 4.4 marked as Request change by Ramón Salaverría.
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
28-Sep-2020 (6 months ago)

In a first round of assessment for this criterion, it was found that the information about the Colombiacheck's team members was disclosed only in the website of its parent organization, Consejo de Redacción. The applicant was invited to fix this minor deficiency, which was corrected immediately. After this correction, the professional biographies of the Colombiachek members appear published on the website. Therefore this criterion is assessed as compliant.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Our email, WhatsApp number and social media can be found at the end of this section: https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros

A mailto link can also be found in other buttons in the main page, as highlighted in the attached file.

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck provides several means of contact on its website, including email, as well as social media profiles and a WhatsApp number. Although the accessibility of these means of contact could be somewhat improved, givinf them a more visible position in the pages, this criterion is assessed as compliant.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck openly discloses its fact-checking methodology. It 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 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 Colombiacheck 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Drawing upon a number of randomly selected fact-checks published priot to this assessment, the assessor has come to the conclusion that Colombiacheck 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

In the random sample of fact-checks used for this assessment, the assessor has not found any examples of the situations indicated in this criterion. In absence of any apparent misbehaviour or infringement by Colombiachek of this criterion of the Code of Principles, 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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Our methodology (https://colombiacheck.com/node/169) states we do not fact-check opinions or private claims, and that “selection is done with no biases, or preferences for ideology, sexual orientation, race or religion”. Our “About Us” page (https://colombiacheck.com/sobre-nosotros) includes a section titled “How to contribute?” where we share our contact information: e-mail and social media including a WhatsApp number. We encourage users to “propose claims to check, provide data and knowledge, as well as warn about possible errors in our team’s checks.” We also constantly take fact-check requests at out Twitter account, @Colcheck.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As requested, Colombiacheck has provided detailed information about how it encourages users to propose claims to check, provide data and knowledge, as well as warn about possible errors in their team’s checks, thorugh email and social media profiles. 


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

"Aclaraciones y actualizaciones" part of https://colombiacheck.com/metodologia 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Indicated in the methodology, Colombiacheck has a sound corrections policy. It allows users to send claims and corrections through different means of contact (mail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp). In case a mistake has been found by anyone, Colombiacheck commits itself to responding to these claims within 48 hours.


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
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The corrections policy is explained in reasonable detail, so that readers can know in advance the how their claims will be handled and how much time migh take to get response.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The Colombiacheck staff always replies to messages from those fact-checked who want to clarify their statements, or who want to dispute a rating, whether they are received via email, social media, messaging apps, or phone calls. We also reply to messages from others who share important information that can change the information or the rating of a fact-check. An example of the first instance was a message we received from a press officer working for former president Álvaro Uribe, who we fact-checked here in a large special project: https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/chequeo-entrevista-de-alvaro-uribe-en-la-silla-vacia

The
 press officer shared further information to our fact-checks, which we considered carefully, and added to all the relevant fact-checks in the special, but ultimately we concluded that the new information did not change any of our ratings, as we explained in the link shared above. 

An example of the second instance is this fact-check on the "lethality" of the coronavirus in Colombia, as stated by former congressman Alfredo Rangel. Another person, epidemiologist Andrés Fandiño Losada, made us realize that we were making a mistake by confusing the terms "mortality" and "lethality." We corrected our and added a correction notice at the top of the page, though in this case too this did not change our rating:  https://colombiacheck.com/chequeos/rangel-se-equivoca-en-analisis-sobre-letalidad-del-coronavirus-sars-cov-2


 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck has presented evidence of a 'clarification' published on March 30, 2020. Although it could be argued whether a 'clarification' is the same as a 'correction', the assessment of this criterion is deemed as compliant. For the sake of transparency, however, we kindly invite Colombiacheck to publish corrections under such name, whenever they are needed in the future.


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.

Colombiacheck
21-Aug-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As requested, Colombiacheck has a section of its website where it indicates how the users 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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
20-Sep-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Colombiacheck is bound to a parent organization, the association Consejo de Redaccion. This organization has a Vision and Mission that adhere to a honest and open corrections policy.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.