Doğruluk Payı

Organization: Doğruluk Payı
Applicant: Batuhan Ersun
Assessor: Erkan Saka
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

Information about funding was linked to directly from the About Us section and the biographies of key authors were made more easily reachable.


Conclusion and recommendations
on 05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Erkan Saka wrote:

I believe Doğruluk Payı is a reliable fact-checking partner.

It has already made a difference in Turkey and since its inception it has managed to provide series of flawless fact-checking reports.

The problems at 4a and 4b are easily fixable problems and I believe they will be corrected immediately when requested.

on 05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Erkan Saka 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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Doğruluk Payı is a project of Dialogue for Common Future Association (Ortak Gelecek için Diyalog Derneği). DCFA is a registered NGO. Doğruluk Payı is a registered trademark of the organization and the organization has all the intellectual property. Related documents are emailed to factchecknet@poynter.org

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Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

I have checked out official sources to verify applicant institutional status.

As an association, it is listed as an active institution in this official website: https://www.dernekler.gov.tr/tr/Anasayfalinkler/illere-gore-faal-dernekler.aspx

“Doğruluk Payı” registration can also be found as a legal entity through this official website: http://online.turkpatent.gov.tr/trademark-search/pub/#trademark_result


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

All of our factcheck are available at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

In the last three months, the signatory published more than one report a week in average.

All report can be accessed through the home page: http://www.dogrulukpayi.com

The last three reports:

The signatory might be recommended to provide a direct link at the home page to access reports archive directly. 


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)
  1. Binali Yıldırım - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/58ab0dcd5206f 
  2. Binali Yıldırım - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/586262926c79b 
  3. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/56e96c9c0bb39 
  4. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5800d1880bd3a 
  5. Devlet Bahçeli - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5582b456201eb 
  6. Devlet Bahçeli - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5562c383b93fe 
  7. Selahattin Demirtaş - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/560e60f6b37f6 
  8. Selahattin Demirtaş - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/56bda43fd84d5 
  9. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5887102f135d5 
  10. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/58628ac87d2b4

Dogruluk Payi looks through statements on daily basis and editorial board picks statements based on their nature of whether they can be fact-checked or not, and the ratio of political parties / fact-checks, to make sure political parties take place in our fact-checks in a ratio with their representation in Turkish Parliament. A reader can easily check this ratio in our statistics section in our website.

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

I have checked all the links provided by the signatory:

  1. Binali Yıldırım - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/58ab0dcd5206f 
  2. Binali Yıldırım - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/586262926c79b 
  3. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/56e96c9c0bb39 
  4. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5800d1880bd3a 
  5. Devlet Bahçeli - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5582b456201eb 
  6. Devlet Bahçeli - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5562c383b93fe 
  7. Selahattin Demirtaş - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/560e60f6b37f6 
  8. Selahattin Demirtaş - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/56bda43fd84d5 
  9. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - True http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/5887102f135d5 
  10. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - False http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/beyanat/58628ac87d2b4

In addition to president Erdoğan, all leaders of parties that are currently represented in Turkey’s parliament are listed here. Statements are fact-checked properly and without observable bias. In general there are more fact-checking cases related to government and president Erdoğan but this is due to their predominant representation in mainstream media. Still, the organization seems to have done its best to fact-check opposition politicians despite possible criticism that might be levelled at the organization.  


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Our nonpartisanship and fairness policy is available on http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

At this link (http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda) the Signatory’s are clearly defined in Turkish and it institutionally fits in well with IFCN codes.

Besides,

It explicitly declares that it does not allow its employees to be a member of any political parties and it does not allow its employees any official or unofficial commercial or voluntary based relationship with any political parties. (Turkish version here: “Doğruluk Payı, profesyonel kadrosunda yer alan isimlerin herhangi bir siyasi partiye üye olmasına izin vermez ve siyasi partilerle resmi ve/veya resmi olmayan bir ticari ve/veya gönüllü çalışmanın içine girmez.)


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

In every of our fact-check, the resources that we use, including the source of the fact-checked statement, are provided in our website. They are just below the end of our fact-check, and easily accessible. No membership required to see the sources.

As Doğruluk Payı, we only use sources available to public. We don’t use whistleblows or payment required sources.

All statements we factcheck are either received from press agencies in Turkey that we are paying for membership, or statements made either on official Twitter accounts or made on TV which we have the footage that we also share in our fact-check.

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

As stated in the application, sources used to do fact-checking can be found immediately after the report. Statements that are fact-checked are found in open-access sources (no subscription or payment required) and they belong to either registered media organizations, official websites, official Twitter accounts or broadcasts on national TV channels. Information used to fact-check statements are again open access and official sites, whether national or international. All links are provided.

The signatory explicitly states that it does not use whistleblows or payment required sources and as far as I could observe this is true. 


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Our funding sources are publicly available. http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/~Hakkimizda

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Information about funding was linked to directly from the About Us section. 

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In the application two links are given:

http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda

http://ortakgelecek.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/OrtakGelecek_Web.pdf

The first only lists three major funding sources by linkable logos. However, then clicked on the logo, one goes to funding source home pages but specific financial information about the Doğruluk Payi cannot be found in these pages.

However, in the second list given, there is a PDF file that details all activities performed by the mother institution, “Ortak Gelecek için Diyalog Derneği” that includes Doğruluk Payı and finally on the page 17 there is a detailed account of funding from three major funding sources.

I suggest this data should be presented in the Doğruluk Payi website explicitly. 


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

All fact-checks are published with their editors name in our website. The board of DCFA is publicly available at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/~Hakkimizda with their bios.

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The biographies of key authors were made more easily reachable.

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All the names of actors are clearly listed at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda Besides, as stated, all fact-checks are published with their editors name (and their emails) in our website. However, the biographies can be found at the association websites: http://ortakgelecek.org/hakkimizda/amac/

I suggest biographies should explicitly be at the Doğruluk Payı website. 


done 4b marked as Partially compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Readers can simply email us from iletisim@dogrulukpayi.com and use our social media accounts. We even welcome walk-ins to our office. 

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

There is a rich variety of ways readers can reach out to the editors: By commenting right below the fact-check report, by sending emails or through contacting social media accounts: http://www.twitter.com/dogrulukpayicom, http://www.facebook.com/dogrulukpayi or by Whatsapp at +90534 794 08 39 . 

The signatory states that they even welcome walk-ins to their office. 


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Our methodology is publicly available at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda both in written and video format. We have two videos that explain what we do and how we do in explaining animations in addition to our written methodology.

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Here at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda one section clearly states the methodology [Nasıl Değerlendiriyoruz?]

Statements are chosen to be fact-checked according to:

  • A statement is chosen if it can be falsified or verified. 
  • A statement is chosen among controversial and publicly important topics.

When chosen a statement is assessed according to three main criteria:

  • The statement is quantitatively or qualitatively compared to publicly available data. 
  • Quality of publicly available sources that hosts -quantitative or qualitative data. 
  • Intention and context of the statement.

Assessment results in a 5-level scale:

  1. There is truth.
  2. There is a significant amount of truth
  3. Partially true 
  4. Highly not-true
  5. Not True. (All levels are then briefly explained)

In the mean time, two videos seem to be the same video and it is a promotional one and it does offer a detailed one like the written version does. 


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

We constantly share visuals to call people to send claims to us. We use Facebook and Twitter for these calls all the time.

Here are two links that we call our readers to send us fact-checks.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1849772438604393&substory_index=0&id=1437665699815071

https://twitter.com/dogrulukpayicom/status/832651817771102209?s=09

Also in our Twitter and Facebook cover photos, we use the same visual that asks our readers to send us claims to fact-check.

http://www.facebook.com/dogrulukpayi http://www.twitter.com/dogrulukpayicom

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

As noted above there are many channels readers can reach out. Besides, the editors continuously call for claims as noted in two links:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1849772438604393&substory_index=0&id=1437665699815071

https://twitter.com/dogrulukpayicom/status/832651817771102209?s=09

These calls themselves do not include “while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.” But this is clearly noted in the methodology part. As far as I could observer, editors are quick to respond to claims. Thus this can also be cleared in those interactions. 


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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.

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

Our correction policy is available at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

A section [Düzeltme Politikası] at http://www.dogrulukpayi.com/hakkimizda provides a public corrections policy.

It states that although they apply a universal methodology to fact-check, they are open to public correction demands. These demands can specifically be send to iletisim@dogrulukpayi.com. Editors will assess these requests.

Assessements will be revised if there are newer and updated sources that fit in editorial criteria provided. If the requests are related to the source content itself (like the press agency news), the editors will wait for the source itself to revise its content first. Then this will lead to Doğruluk Payı reassessement. However, editors may temporarily unpublish the analysis until the source problem is resolved


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

Doğruluk Payı
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

We haven’t received any correction request, and we did not need to correct any of our fact-check.

Erkan Saka Assessor
05-Jun-2017 (2 years ago)

The signatory claims that they haven’t received any correction request, and they did not need to correct any of their fact-check. As a long-time observer of this project, I believe this is a true claim.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.