Organization: Demagog Association
Applicant: Pawel Terpilowski
Assessor: Grzegorz Piechota
Conclusion and recommendations
Grzegorz Piechota wrote:
I have found the Demagog Association compliant with the IFCN Code of Principles and I would like to recommend the IFCN Board to accept their application.
The Demagog Association is a rare breed of both genuinely passionate and highly professional non-profit watchdog organisations. During the evaluation of their policies and practices, I read dozens of their documents and fact checks, and I found they met the highest standards of quality and impartiality. We are lucky in Poland that the founders and members of the Demagog Association chose to advance our understanding and decision-making with their fact-checking service and education on its methodology to a wider public.
During the evaluation I found two minor shortcomings regarding their corrections policy. 1) The correction policy explains how they are handled and by whom, but it misses a timeframe. 2) The revised fact-checks are clearly labeled and include explanations for the revisions, but they are published in a stream of all fact-checks rather than on a separate page, as IFCN suggests. I believe these are minor failures that the Demagog Association can easily fix.