Applicant: Petr Gongala
Assessor: Jan Indra
Conclusion and recommendations
Jan Indra wrote:
I have had the opportunity to assess Demagog for the second time with respect to IFCN`s Code of Principles. While I view the standards of the organization regarding its fact-checking methodology and transparency to be very high, there are some insuffiiencies, mostly associated not with the content production itself, but with the transparency regarding the organizational structure and its functioning. This might stem from the fact that the organization is fairly small, has very limited budget and deals with dynamic changes at the personnel level. Despite that, few simple corrections could be made – informing the public on the organizational hierarchy, describing funding sources (albeit in a concise manner) and providing a statistical overview of the organization`s expenses and conducted corrections. All these would further improve the level of transparency and accountability of the organization.
As well as with my previous assessment, I recommend Demagog to be accepted with edits. The remarks I had during the first assessment were accounted for accordingly, therefore I expect the case to be the same with the current assessment.