Ekspress Meedia / Eesti Päevaleht

Organization: Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
Applicant: Holger Roonemaa
Assessor: Martins Kaprans

Background

The applicant has provided sufficient information about its status.

Assessment Conclusion

The applicant, Ekspress Meedia/Eesti Päevaleht, fully complies with the IFCN code of principles.


The applicant, Ekspress Meedia, represents a leading media organization in Estonia. The fact-checking efforts since 2017 present the applicant as a professional and reliable organization that ensures a balanced and informative approach in publishing fact checks. The applicant has a transparent ownership structure and a clear editorial policy.   

on 15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

Martins Kaprans assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

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Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 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.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 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.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 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.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We explain on this link https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/meie-pohimotted?id=91897223 that Eesti Päevalehe Faktikontroll is operated by the investigative desk (4 people) of Ekspress Meedia. The investigative team is completely independent at its work. 


https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/kontaktid-ja-vaidlustused?id=91899111
We explain here that Ekspress Meedia is part of a publicly listed media group Ekspress Grupp. We link to publicly available financial statements that are published every quarter and say that Ekspress Meedia receives a vast majority of its revenue from a) selling digital and print subscriptions to readers, b) selling ads.

Also bios of the team members are published on the above link.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has provided sufficient information about its status.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. Eesti Päevaleht’s Faktikontroll was started in October 2017 with the aim to factcheck statements made by candidates of the upcoming elections. The Faktikontroll unit remained active after the elections and has continued to mainly factcheck claims made by politicians. In April 2020 we added a new dimension to the factchecking section and started actively factchecking claims made about public health issues such as COVID.

2. The factchecking team consists of four people. One of the four is a designated fact-checker stationed in the investigative team of Ekspress Meedia. Besides fact-checks, she is also running a bi-weekly disinformation podcast. Three other members of the team carry out fact-checking, debunking, disinformation analyses and investigations. Additional five people are contributing on honorariums through the Estonian Debating Society (non-profit) that we partner with. Please note that while any original reporting in Ekspress Meedia’s publication is published behind a paywall, our policy is that fact-checks are 100% free and accessible for everyone.

3. Ekspress Meedia is media house that publishes the online news site Delfi.ee, daily Eesti Päevaleht, weeklies Eesti Ekspress and Maaleht and several magazines. These publications are news-driven and serve to inform the Estonian society. Ekspress Meedia is a company focusing 100% on journalism. The fact-checking team is operating as part of a separate cross-publication investigative team.

4. The fact-checking team will become a separate independent unit from the investigative team. The goal is that the team would have three full-time fact-checkers plus honorarium-based partners from the Debating Society. That will allow us to cover all the necessary areas and topics. As Estonia will hold a referendum on gay-relations and two election in 2021, the public's expectations for fact-checking will be high. We are feel the obligation to continue paying special attention to public health issues because the ongoing pandemic has revealed how susceptible the society is to health related false claims.
Finally, we hope to be a kind of lighthouse in Estonia. So far, there are no other factchecking units in the country that would have a clear public policy about the principles and methods of their work. Becoming an accredited partner of IFCN would be a large step towards that. 

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided information proves that the applicant meets the IFCN criteria.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-neofasistlike-sugemetega-videolehelt-on-kolinud-valeinfo-eesti-sotsiaalmeediasse?id=91909111

2) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-martin-helme-on-olnud-katuserahade-vastane?id=91880635

3) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-toesti-on-parast-eelmist-majanduskriisi-soomes-100-000-eestlast-nagu-vaidab-anti-poolamets?id=91808425

4) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-labased-valed-sotsiaalmeedias-maski-kanda-on-sama-nagu-oma-uriini-sisse-juua?id=91793301

5) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-on-suurem-voimalus-surra-aikesetabamusest-kui-koroonasse?id=91777813

6) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-ei-arkadi-popov-ei-planeerinud-pandeemiat-kriisioppus-wuhani-vaikus-planeeriti-parast-wuhani-koroonakolde-algust?id=91773881

7) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/sotsiaalmeediakasutajad-pidasid-aknelist-nahka-maskikahjustusteks?id=91732531

8) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/sotsiaalse-distantsi-ignoreerijad-on-madalama-intelligentsitasemega?id=91697621

9) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-vastab-toele-henn-polluaasa-vaide-et-sisseranne-on-toonud-rootsi-riigile-vaid-kulutusi?id=91667001

10) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-videos-maskikandmine-testis-maskide-kandmine-ei-mojuta-meie-hingamist?id=91595683

11) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/valevaide-sotsiaalmeedias-sonib-nagu-ninaspreid-tapaksid-kasutajaid?id=91590121

13) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/eesti-vandenoulased-jagavad-aktiivselt-trumpi-vale-sautsu?id=91503463

14) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-reinsalul-on-oigus-et-eesti-reisipiirangud-on-uhed-euroopa-karmimad?id=91531873

15) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/koroonaviirus-on-kord-sajandis-esinev-massihusteeria-jarjekordne-hirmujutt-facebookist-teeb-olematuid-seoseid?id=91497493

16) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/ka-vaktsineeritud-inimesed-voivad-saada-leetrid-aga-see-pole-neile-ohtlik?id=91366737

17) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/viraalne-postitus-valetab-nagu-maskide-kandmine-pohjustaks-parkinsoni-tobe?id=91481090

18) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/eesti-motivatsioonikoolitaja-kogub-fanne-koroona-kohta-valeinfot-levitades?id=91341589

19) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/arstid-kirjutavad-vagisi-valja-positiivseid-koroonateste-pigem-mitte?id=91194403

20) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/statistiline-moonutus-on-inimesed-internetis-pannud-uskuma-et-maailmapank-vahendas-covid-19-teste-juba-paar-aastat-tagasi?id=90984029

21) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/koroonatest-on-ebamugav-aga-kaugel-sellest-et-keegi-vatitiku-ajju-torkaks?id=90932779

22) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/infopesu-musternaide-ametkonnad-utlesid-uht-koroonaeitajad-jareldasid-seda-mida-ise-tahavad?id=90927203

23) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/koroonaviirus-on-eestis-gripist-kordades-surmavam-haigus?id=90910247

24) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/massiprotestid-ning-sekkuv-politsei-saksamaal-kulvab-vandenouliste-arstide-seltskond-segadust?id=90903749

25) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/hispaania-grippi-surid-vaid-vaktsineeritud-kindlasti-mitte-vaktsiini-polnud-olemaski?id=90874249

26) https://www.delfi.ee/news/valeinfo/uudised/vandenouteoreetikud-panid-henn-polluaasale-suhu-koroonaviirust-eitavaid-sonu?id=90824679

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has consistently published fact-checks that make more than one fact check a week.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

Fact-checks published by the applicant have broad thematic coverage and they focus on different media formats. In the previous month, the applicant has regularly published fact-checks with respect to Covid-19 that, undoubtedly, is the most urgent issue. Fact-checking is commenced in a balanced way and professional way.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We don't have any financial obligations to the state, political parties or individuals.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant's status fully complies with the understanding of non-partisan organization. It performs an independent editorial policy in producing media content, including fact-checks.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We don't receive any such funding as indicated in the criteria. 

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has provided a sufficient explanation.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

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

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

These factchecks show that we check a wide variety of claims and pay a special attention to claims that carry a high risk to public health issues. Besides factchecking claims made by public figures in the traditional media, we have paid special attention to what is being circulated on social media. That is because claims made on social media have often an extra high virality rate. To indicate the virality level, we also report on the reach of such posts where possible.

When conducting factchecks we look scientific and firsthand evidence. Our first preference is always to find scientific proof to the claims or to debunk the claim. We also use official and trusted documents, reports and data, be it national or international. We give links to used evidence, making our factchecks easy to reconstruct. Besides scientific articles, reports and official data, we look for expert comments to use as evidence. On some occasions we support the evidence list with references to fact checks made on the same topic by international well-recognized factchecking organizations.

Instead of plainly debunking a claim we always attempt to analyse the genesis of the claim. It means analysing from which moment a specific and originally potentially true claim developed into a misleading or a false claim. This is especially important when factchecking viral posts on social media. 

Due to their different nature, the process to fact check "regular" claims by politicians is slightly different. When factchecking social media posts on public health issues, we often need to check several claims in one post. In case of politicians' statements, as a general rule we will fact check one specific claim. But the burden of proof is still the same.

Our factchecks go through an editing process which ensures that the texts are in high professional standard. The editing process guarantees that no single fact check is dependant on one person's personal belief or misjudgment. Our conclusions are always based on the evidence that we gather during the factchecking process.


1) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/eesti-motivatsioonikoolitaja-kogub-fanne-koroona-kohta-valeinfot-levitades?id=91341589

2) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/uuring-iga-kolmas-eestimaalane-voib-jaada-uskuma-valevaidet-et-nato-ainus-eesmark-on-vene-karu-arritada?id=90301463

3) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/ka-vaktsineeritud-inimesed-voivad-saada-leetrid-aga-see-pole-neile-ohtlik?id=91366737

4) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-ei-arkadi-popov-ei-planeerinud-pandeemiat-kriisioppus-wuhani-vaikus-planeeriti-parast-wuhani-koroonakolde-algust?id=91773881

5) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-toesti-on-parast-eelmist-majanduskriisi-soomes-100-000-eestlast-nagu-vaidab-anti-poolamets?id=91808425

6) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-neofasistlike-sugemetega-videolehelt-on-kolinud-valeinfo-eesti-sotsiaalmeediasse?id=91909111

7) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/viraalne-postitus-hoiatab-pustiste-naeltega-manguvaljakust-tallinnas-need-fotod-on-valed?id=90390901

8) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/eestlased-levitavad-valeinfot-nagu-venemaa-oleks-oma-koolides-keelanud-interneti-ja-mobiiltelefonid?id=90530223

9) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/infopesu-musternaide-ametkonnad-utlesid-uht-koroonaeitajad-jareldasid-seda-mida-ise-tahavad?id=90927203

10) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/faktikontroll-kas-michal-raakis-tott-et-eesti-on-koroonaviirusse-nakatumise-osas-euroopa-keskpaigas?id=91456680


Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided links demonstrate that the applicant adheres to the rules of non-partisanship.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided information explain how the applicant ensures a balanced approach to fact-checking and how it addresses the reach and importance of the claims.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The selected fact-checks published in 2020 fully comply with the IFCN criteria. The applicant discloses relevant interests of the sources it quotes in fact checks.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The fact checks published in 2020 suggest that the applicant is not affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has provided a link where its policy on non-partisanship is clearly explained.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomized sample of fact checks suggests that the applicant provides relevant links where the source is available online.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample shows that the applicant uses reliable primary and secondary sources.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample of fact checks indicates that the applicant corroborates all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

A randomized sample of fact checks suggests that the applicant identifies the relevant interests of the sources it uses .


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 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).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We are a fact-checking unit of a media house (AS Ekspress Meedia). As explained earlier we are working at the investigative desk. Proof can be found at contact's page https://www.ekspressmeedia.ee/kontakt/ (Uuriv toimetus). The bios of our team members are listed on Faktikontroll's site at https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/kontaktid-ja-vaidlustused?id=91899111.

The team operates and delivers fact-checks separately from the news and opinion desks and other editorials.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant is an independent organization that ensures transparency with respect to its financial sources.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontroll-faktikontrollid/kontaktid-ja-vaidlustused?id=91899111
In Estonian language: "Ekspress Meedia on osa börsiettevõttest AS Ekspress Grupp. Ekspress Meedia peamised tuluallikad on ajakirjanduslike väljaannete tellimuste- ja reklaamimüük."

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided links detail funding and indicate the legal form of the applicant. The applicant demonstrates transparency as regards its ownership.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided links set out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided information on the applicant's webpage outlines the professional biography of the staff involved in creating the editorial output.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontroll-faktikontrollid/kontaktid-ja-vaidlustused?id=91899111
We also have an automatic feedback form presented under every factcheck that we publish.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant provides readers with an opportunity to communicate with the editorial team via email. The applicant reminds about the opportunity to take part in fact-checking in every published article.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

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

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided link explains the methodology the applicant uses to select, research, write and publish fact checks.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample shows that the applicant selects claims on the basis of their reach and importance and, where possible, it explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample suggests that the applicant sets out relevant evidence in fact checks that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample shows that the applicant assesses the merits of evidence by using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The randomly selected sample suggests that the applicant seeks to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence. If the person who makes the claim fails to reply, this does not impede the fact check. If a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker continues checking the original claim.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage 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. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

a) We have a feedback form under every single factcheck where we encourage people to send in their ideas and suggestions

b) We explain our feedback and corrections policy on the "Contacts and Corrections" section of the site. https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontroll-faktikontrollid/kontaktid-ja-vaidlustused?id=91899111 We ask people to send in their ideas and correction applications by email.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The provided information demonstrates that the applicant encourages users via webpage send in claims to check.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has a corrections and complaints policy that is explained in details on the organization’s website.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant's webpage 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.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We have corrected two fact checks since April this year. 
1) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/uuring-iga-kolmas-eestimaalane-voib-jaada-uskuma-valevaidet-et-nato-ainus-eesmark-on-vene-karu-arritada?id=90301463
2) https://epl.delfi.ee/faktikontrollid/uudis-kuulutas-suitsetajad-koroonale-immuunseks-tode-on-vastupidine?id=89626047

According to our policy, we add a title comment "Corrected" under the headline. This makes the correction visible to people who see the headlines but don't click on the story itself. In addition we add a visible paragraph with the date of the correction and explanation right under the lede in the article. 

Attached is a correction request that we did not agree with and our response to the request.

Files Attached
picture_as_pdf Reply to a complaint... (217 KB) insert_drive_file apellatsioon delfile... (26 KB)
Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has provided explanation on how its correction policy was implemented during the previous year. Examples that the applicant has submitted illustrate the practical application of this policy.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We are not an existing signatory yet.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)



done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Eesti Päevaleht / Ekspress Meedia
09-Dec-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

https://www.ekspressmeedia.ee/andmed/uldtingimused/
In Estonian:

Ekspress Meedia paranduste poliitika

Ekspress Meedia lähtub artiklites esinevate vigade parandamisel Eesti Meediaettevõtete Liidu hea tava leppest.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
15-Feb-2021 (5 months ago)

The applicant has provided sufficient information that demonstrates that the parent media company adheres to an open and honest correction policy.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Martins Kaprans.