From the applicant:
"Demagog’s website provides an overview of all the claims fact-checked and where they appeared (debates, interviews, etc.). Aside from two special reports on politicians‘ promises, there are no comprehensive reports being published, only summaries of all the claims included in a given public appearance or summaries of all the claims of a given politician. The frequency of Demagog’s fact-checking varies, although its activity could be considered to be fairly consistent and frequent (graph below)."
Project Demagog.cz uses from its start a different approach on how to publish fact-checking data. It is not a form of a full text report, but we publish every statement that was raised in the evaluated debate. That can be actually considered as a reports as it is clear to which debate/interview etc. they belong, plus at the beginning of each published fact-check there is a short annotation of the debate.
3. Transparency of funding
a. "On its website, Demagog CZ states that it is not financially connected to any political party or a lobbyist group. It is funded through various sources, including crowdfunding, different foundations‘ donations, grants or thanks to winning several awards. The website lists several logos of the supporting organizations (US Embassy, Visegrad Fund) and Demagog’s partners (zakonyprolidi.cz, Newton Media). Throughout the last year, Demagog has also set up a transparent bank account where anybody can see all the money received by Demagog and their origin.
However, Demagog does not provide its readers with any detailed summary of its revenues or donors. Furthermore, its business registry entry does not contain any published financial documents or annual reports. While anybody could research the bank account and its money flows, in order to fully comply I recommend creating a page with a more thorough description of Demagog’s finances and major supporters. Lastly, while the website states the form of organization of Demagog, it does not provide any additional information on how that impacts its disclosure of information.”
As the revenue of Demagog.cz has not reach an amount that would require more formal way of accounting and respective reporting,Demagog.cz publishes on the website in dedicated section “Name financování” its Annual reports and monthly statements of account, where anyone is able to find exact funding sources of our organisation. At the bottom of the page there are also mentioned organisation that support and/or cooperate with us.
b. "The website of Demagog lists all the people involved in the project. However, it only lists the names without any biographies or a description of the existing hierarchy (founders, managers, etc.). I recommend adding at least a concise bio on each member involved in the fact-checking initiative.”
In section "O nás -> O Demagog.cz” there is general description of the project and list of all its members. Each member has an assigned position within the project: “ Koordinátor (coordinator)/Projektový manager (project manager)/Metodolog (methodologist)/Expert (expert/ka)/Korektor (proofreader)/Vývoj redakčního system (IT support)/Stážista (intern). Beside the position, there is a brief description about the person and his/her activity within the project. Plus for the coordinator and project, there is phone number and email address.
c. "While Demagog’s website page linked in the application lists an e-mail address and a phone number of one of its board members, the page itself is hard to navigate to and not clearly indicated on the website. Besides that, there are no other contact information, only a widget showing Demagog’s FB page. I would prefer to see the contact information right upon visiting the website (e.g. via the page’s footer) or being clearly navigated to a „contact us“ section on the website."
There is a dedicated contacts page available now, including PR contact and mail to address to provide feedback for our evaluation:
5. Transparency of methodology
"Demagog encourages its audience to contact them with any remarks regarding the assessment of the claims fact-checked.
However, the website does not state Demagog would be open for submissions of claims to be fact-checked since it chooses the debates and all other public apperances to be fact-checked itself.”
As mentioned in previous point, anyone can contact us in regards to our evaluation of fact-checking statements (https://demagog.cz/diskuze/kontakty) and there is also a dedicated section on the website explaining how this process works.
To address the second part of the assessment, Demagog.cz used to have an initiative for people to send us factual claims, that we would fact-check. After three to four years this option was decommissioned as the interest of public was very low.
From the assessor:
I would like to thank Demagog for considering my suggestions and reflecting them on its website. All the changes made further improve upon the transparency of the organization, which I deem to be fully acceptable now.