UAB Delfi

Organization: DELFI Melo Detektorius
Applicant: Aistė Meidutė
Assessor: Martins Kaprans
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

So we finally have the adjusted the bios and contact list, which can be found here. It is being constantly updated as it is allowed for any DELFI journalist to join, as long as they agree with the code of ethics. Speaking of the frequency of the articles, it will take time and we aim to start working heavily on this as soon as the presidential and EU parliament elections pass (end of May).


Conclusion and recommendations
on 13-May-2019 (10 months ago)

Martins Kaprans wrote:

The applicant is reliable and professional organization who can contribute to the fact-checking culture in Lithuania. The application can be accepted, if the applicant agrees to increase the regularity of fact-checking articles and provide additional information about the team who is behind the fact-checking articles. 

on 13-May-2019 (10 months ago)

Martins Kaprans recommended Accept with edits


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

'DELFI Melo Detektorius' is a fact checking project of the largest Lithuania media outlet 'DELFI Lietuva'. Our platform unites professional journalists and experts determined to seek the truth and maintain fair journalistic standards. On a daily basis 'DELFI Lietuva' journalists analyzes speeches and claims of important Lithuania’s political figures and accepts requests to check doubtful information sent by readers. Detailed fact analysis based by reliable sources are then published in 'Melo Detektorius' platform.

Evidence of 'DELFI Lietuva' legal registration: see attached document 'Delfi pazymejimas.pdf'

Evidence of application fee payment: see attached document.

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Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant is an influential media organization with a considerable experience in fact checking and countering disinformation.  


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)
Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The Melo detektorius webpage regularly publishes articles which evaluate the accuracy of particular claims. However, this regularity is less than a report per week over the previous three month.


done 1b marked as Partially compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

In order to provide 'DELFI Melo Detektorius' readers with most relevant and reliable information at first our journalists scan recent politicians speeches, claims in social media, articles, find potentially harmful publications through an AI based disinformation spotting tool developed at DELFI, called Debunk.eu and by various different means. In addition we try to keep close communication with our readers and accept their requests to check doubtful claims sent to us via email.

When our journalists finds a suspicious message, they conduct a research related to the topic. We are using various standard information verification tools such as Reverse Image Search, Storyful Multisearch, YouTube Data Viewer, WayBack, Google Public Data Explorer and etc.

Our goal is to spread correct and traceable information based only on facts. In order to keep fairness we include accurate sources in our articles and encourage readers to inform us about any necessary corrections or mistakes spotted.

You can read detailed description of fact checking methodologies used in our platform here: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/?page=metodologija

Since November 2018 DELFI Melo Detektorius published fact checks concerning wide range of topics such as labour conditions, economy, elections, policy, social security etc. Here you can find 10 links to our articles that represents 'Melo Detektorius':

Labour: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/jurgita-petrauskiene-ivedus-reforma-mokyklas-paliko-tik-kelios-desimtys-mokytoju.d?id=79521503

Urban development: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/is-dalies-tiesa/vygaudas-usackas-vilniui-paramos-nebereikia-mums-reikia-kad-augtu-kiti-miestai.d?id=79516687

Policy: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/viktoras-pranckietis-jav-milijonui-rinkeju-atstovauja-vienas-zmogus.d?id=79635793a

Commerce: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/skirmantas-malinauskas-parduotuves-gali-manipuliuoti-kainu-statistika.d?id=79667379

Environment protection: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/pasipriesinimo-misku-kirtimui-audros-atgarsiai-lietuvoje-daugeja-plynuju-kirtimu.d?id=79714337

Social security: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/is-dalies-melas/puidokas-pasidalino-ivaikinimo-lietuvoje-faktais-dauguma-ju-klaidingi.d?id=80066501

Education: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/andrius-navickas-lietuva-svietimui-skiria-maziausia-bvp-dali-europos-sajungoje.d?id=80231987

Policy: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/is-dalies-tiesa/ausrine-armonaite-seimo-nariu-skaicius-atitinka-tarptautine-formule-net-ir-sumazejus-gyventoju-skaiciui.d?id=80504751

Institutions: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/skvernelis-zemdirbiu-bendruomene-palaiko-ministerijos-perkelima-i-kauna.d?id=80588629

Commerce: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/ar-tiesa-kad-kylant-cigareciu-kainai-rukalu-kontrabandos-mazejo.d?id=80628935

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The available articles demonstrate a balanced treatment of selected topics and contexts. 


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

We respect different political views but we do not allow our team members to engage in any political activity or support candidates or advocacy organizations. In order to ensure this every 'DELFI Lietuva' employee has to sign a code of principles document in which they agree not to be involved in any political parties or advocacy organizations while working for 'DELFI Melo Detektorius'.

Here you can find a link to our code of principles which is publicly displayed: https://www.delfi.lt/apie/?wid=7268

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The Delfi code of ethics precisely regulates the political impartiality of its journalists.


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

We provide as many links to used sources and documents and embed as many audiovisual material to our articles as possible. In order to keep transparency and openness we divide our articles into separate segments that are easy to follow. We also have separate ‘Sources’ section under every article with all external sources used in particular research.

We also provide readers with detailed description of techniques used to trace real facts. It can be found under ‘Methodology’ section: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/?page=metodologija

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The available articles provide well sourced and hyperlinked information, so that readers can easily follow and check the accuracy on their own. The methodology section provides a detailed description how the organization finds and uses sources for fact-checking.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

'DELFI Melo Detektorius' is a part of Lithuania’s leading news website 'DELFI Lietuva'. 'DELFI Lietuva' is owned and funded by the biggest online media enterprise in Baltic countries 'Postimees Grupp' (also known as 'Ekspress Grupp') uniting online media platforms in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine: https://www.delfi.lt/apie/

If any article published in 'DELFI Melo Detektorius' were supported by other means, we clearly indicate it in our platform: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/?page=remejai

Our supporters cannot influence or anyhow limit content published in 'DELFI Melo Detektorius'.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The ownership structure of the organization is transparent and available to any reader.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

'DELFI Lietuva' staff profiles, including advisory board, can be found by pressing their photos on contact list: https://www.delfi.lt/apie/kontaktai/

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The organization has only mentioned the name of the editor of the fact-checking project and her biography. However, it's not clear from the provided evidence who else is involved in the fact-checking project. It is only mentioned that the Delfi journalists take part in preparing the fact-checking articles.


done 4b marked as Partially compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

Readers can reach our staff members by going directly to our contact list:

https://www.delfi.lt/apie/kontaktai/

or send us complaints or facts to check via this form:

https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/siusk.php

Under every article in 'DELFI Melo Detektorius' website we have comment section.

In case of spotted disinformation, they can send us the cases via the form at Demaskuok.lt as well: https://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/demaskuok/ (they can click the button 'pranešk' and then are redirected to Debunk.eu Lithuanian website: https://demaskuok.lt/pranesk/

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The organization provides the complaint and comment sections and they work well. 


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

We provide detailed information about fact checking methods we use to conduct our research under ‘Methodology’ section which is publicly available in 'DELFI Melo Detektorius' website:

https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/?page=metodologija

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The organization has a clear and detailed fact-checking methodology that is easy accessible for everyone.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

Form to submit claim goes with every fact check on the right side of the page and on our front page as well. Under section 'Siųsk faktą' readers can fill in form to submit a claim: https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant provides a convenient way of how to make claims about fact-checking articles. The methodology section, in turn, clearly state what can be fact-checked and what can't be.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

Our correction policy can be found on our methodology section under the name 'Taisymų politika':

https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/?page=metodologija

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant clearly declares that it's opened to the readers' corrections and that they highly appreciate the readers' involvement in improving the fact-checking. 


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

DELFI Melo Detektorius
16-Apr-2019 (11 months ago)

All corrections/additions made to our publications are written in italic at the end of the article. We also add red notice 'Papildyta' to each altered publication headline to make it easier to spot:

https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/is-dalies-melas/puidokas-pasidalino-ivaikinimo-lietuvoje-faktais-dauguma-ju-klaidingi.d?id=80066501

https://www.delfi.lt/news/melo-detektorius/melas/remigijus-zemaitaitis-skandinavai-suvartoja-daugiausiai-narkotiku-pasaulyje.d?id=79938497

Martins Kaprans Assessor
07-May-2019 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has provided evidences which demonstrate that it has made corrections in already published articles in order to clarify some facts. These corrections are integrated in the article and they are specially highlighted as clarifications to article.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 7: Eligibility to be a signatory

Criterion 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.

Criterion 1.2
The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.

Criterion 1.3
The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the three months prior to the date of application.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 1.5
The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.

Criterion 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.

Section 8: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2.1
The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Section 9: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Section 10: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 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).

Criterion 4.2
Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 4.5
The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Section 11: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5.1
The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Section 12: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.

Criterion 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.