Organization: Ellinika Hoaxes (Greek Hoaxes)
Applicant: Thanos Sitistas
Assessor: Sophia Ignatidou
Conclusion and recommendations
Sophia Ignatidou wrote:
Ellinika Hoaxes is a Greek independent fact-checking website operating as an NGO. It fact-checks a broad range of stories, from current affairs to conspiracy theories, health myths and pseudoscience, circulating in Greece's online sphere and abroad. It occasionally showcases a sensationalist approach to what has been termed 'fake news', as a poll asking its readers to vote for the 'best hoaxes of 2018' exemplifies, but it seems to be trying to raise awareness and engage its readers.
It would be useful to provide statistics for the reader-submitted fact-checks as it would clarify how the Greek public approach the issue of disinformation and what kind of 'fake news' reach them. For example Ellinika Hoaxes fact-checks quite a few stories published on Greek conspiracy theory and far-right websites but it would be helpful to see if these were sourced from the readers themselves. Additionally, the site's decision to include tips for things to watch out for so readers can develop a critical eye able to spot fake news themselves is commendable.
Ellinika Hoaxes was found to be mostly compliant with the IFCN code of principles and did act on initial recommendations. The only issues I would like to raise was the lack of enough submissions of political articles to showcase the absence of partisanship and the lack of a clarification of what gets fact-checked and what not, as well as statistics in terms of the reader-submitted stories.
Therefore I recommend for Ellinika Hoaxes to be accepted as a signatory.