From FAQs: http://www.factcheckni.org/faqs/
“What’s your bias?
We are acutely aware that in a contested place such as Northern Ireland, many people use a “telling process” to try to discover “which side” someone is coming from.
Everyone involved at FactCheckNI ‐‐ volunteers, interns, committee members, team managers and the board ‐‐ work under the fundamental principles of impartiality, transparency and accuracy.
Impartiality means that we cover claims across the political spectrum, without fear or favour. We check all sides, and provide the widest range of sources for a fact‐checked claim. Our final articles involve many participants in its creation, and thus we do not publish author by‐lines.”
Also from FAQs:
“Are you trying to tell if a politician is lying?
Lying means that someone purposefully intended to mislead someone else. That’s a hard case to prove, and that’s not what we do. (Even in Parliament, declaring a fellow member as liar is a serious accusation)
We are not trying to examine the intent behind a statement; rather, many of us are probably guilty of saying something inaccurate to another person or group, later relieved that it was likely forgotten. For politicians, in the media glaze and covering a wide range of topics, their mistakes are rapidly replayed across the airwaves and social media channels.
We believe that what is more important than catching a politician out is to present the additional perspectives and/or nuances of a claim. You can then decide how much a public representative is consistent with his or her facts.”
We fact‐check claims for accuracy; we do not question the motivation or intent of the person or organisation making the claim. Our desire is to promote a political debate that is rooted in numbers and facts, rather than stereotypes and prejudice. We publish all of our fact‐checked claims, regardless if the result validates the claim or not.
See declarations in this blog http://www.factcheckni.org/blog/factcheckni-signs-international-fact-checking-code/
From FactCheck NI’s Code of Conduct on political affiliations (Code of Conduct attached to email sent with assessment)
“12. Declares to the Editor any real or potential conflict of interest, before or in the
course of undertaking any assignment;
13. Informs the Editor of outside engagement and duties of possible concern, e.g.
giving evidence in court, participating at public seminars or the like (whether as
chair, speaker, or panelist), employment that could conflict with writing/research
Membership or public association of a political party or social cause/movement, familial or other close personal or financial relationship in the scope of any assignment; none may disqualify, but non-disclosure is not defensible”