Applicant: Vinod Rathi
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur
Conclusion and recommendations
Kanchan Kaur wrote:
The applicant is a fact-checking section of a legally-registered transcription company. It publishes fact checks across various languages, regularly, averaging more than one per week over the last three months.
The applicant fact checks all claims using the same standards and by all relevant sides in its chosen topics. It has checked a large variety of claims. The applicant has clearly elucidated policies on preventing staff from involvement in advocacy. It has produced offer letters, employment contracts and appointment documents to that effect.
The applicant clearly references key sources. Most of these sources can be verified and readers can replicate the fact check.
The applicant lists its owner company and offers details on its funding. It has also attached its audited financial statement for the previous year. The names of the key actors—senior management, as well as editorial board and staff—are clearly listed and their bios and roles clearly stated in the About Us section of the website.
The applicant clearly invites readers to reach out through various media and clearly explains its methodology. Its website has a clear tab that calls for fact-checks to be submitted. It also a running ‘meter’ of sorts that shows how many reader-submitted fact checks are published.
The applicant’s website clearly indicates how mistakes are corrected and in what time frame. It also publishes corrections. It has provided examples of corrections carried out on request from readers. It has been clear and elaborate in its explanations. Corrections are listed on a public page and are carried out in accordance with their stated policy.
The application is recommended to be accepted.