Faktograf.hr

Organization: Faktograf.hr
Applicant: Petar Vidov
Assessor: Milica Šarić
Conclusion and recommendations
on 12-Oct-2018 (1 year ago)

Milica Šarić wrote:

I suggest accepting the applicant's application, as it shows the applicant is doing its job in accordance with IFCN standards. I did, however, notice space for some minor improvements (noted in the assessment), but those are optional and should not stand in the way of accepting this application.

on 12-Oct-2018 (1 year ago)

Milica Šarić recommended Accept


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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago)

Faktograf is legally registered as an electronic media with the Croatian Agency for Electronic Media (AEM registry added as attachment). Faktograf was created as a joint project of Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) http://hnd.hr/eng/ and civil society organization GONG http://gong.hr/en/, with the main purpose of fact-checking. HND was formerly registered as Faktograf's publisher, but this was later changed to GONG due to the need for simpler coordination regarding project grants which are Faktograf's main source of funding.

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Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is a legally registered media that publish exclusively fact-checking content. This is checked both from an evidence the applicant provided and again by looking in an online registry on the day of assessment.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago)

Fact-checks of statements made by politicians are gathered here:

https://faktograf.hr/izjave/

Articles debunking popular untruths are gathered here:

https://faktograf.hr/analize/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has published 30 reports in the past three months, that is 2,3 fact-checks per week. In random samples I checked, claims were evaluated based on their accuracy.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Ten fact-checks proving the consistency of our fact-checking:

https://faktograf.hr/2018/09/04/tko-laze-policija-ili-izbjeglice-s-masnicama-na-ledima/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/08/13/mrezama-se-siri-lazna-izjava-ministra-turizma-o-smecu-na-plazama-koje-bi-rijesile-koncesije/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/08/01/desnica-obozava-lagati-o-svedskoj-a-jutarnji-joj-pomaze-u-proboju-u-mainstream/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/07/20/dalic-ne-poklanja-novac-djeci-modric-nije-ugrizao-kolindu-za-dojku/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/06/25/mala-laz-za-nase-medije-velika-navlakusa-za-klikove-ne-armstrong-nije-vidio-izvanzemaljce/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/09/12/grabar-kitarovic-o-jogurtu-kruhu-zabrani-izjasnjavanja-hrvat-ic-om-i-migrantima/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/08/10/bozo-petrov-lovro-kuscevic-elektronicko-glasovanje/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/08/03/plenkovic-ovom-poreznom-reformom-pokazujemo-socijalnu-osjetljivost/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/07/09/pernar-merkel-zataskava-ubojstvo-djeteta/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/07/13/divjak-ucitelji-su-slusali-samo-jedan-semestar-matematike/

We fact-check statements of top officials, members of government, members of parliament and other elected officials and deputies, including local authorities. We fact-check claims made by the members of ruling parties as well as by the opposition. We are focused on statements of great public interest or on statements that are in the public eye at the moment. We also debunk common untruths or misconceptions which achieve prominence on social media.

We maintain coherent standards across fact-checks, regardless whether it's a claim of the ruling politician or opposition. However, our researches are more focused on the government members and members of influential groups because their decisions have greater impact on everyday lives of the citizens.

In every fact-check we have the same procedure – we give link on the public statement and then we try to determine the truth by comparing what is said with documents, registers, statistics, court decisions, articles previously published on this topic or the opinion of eminent experts.

We have five grades – from “Ni f od Fakta“ that stands for statements that are completely untrue to “Fakt“, meaning that the statement is completely based on facts. Grades are explained on our website http://faktograf.hr/sto-su-ocjene/ Grade for every statement is placed in the corner of the picture added to the article. During the last year we've started to work more intently on debunking false information, as they started to appear more often within Croatian social media, but mainstream news media as well. We don't award grades to topics we debunk.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant covers a variety of subjects and speakers. In applicant's fact-checks various topics can be found - from statements on inner politics to non-political issues such as random fake news spread through social networks. Statements covered by fact-checks were both made by the ruling political party and opposition, with natural moderate predominance of the ruling party.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Statute of Croatian Journalists Association (http://hnd.hr/dokumenti) states that HND is an independent non-profit organization, free of influences from political parties or the government.

Statute of GONG (http://gong.hr/media/uploads/statut_gong_17.12.2015._final.pdf) states that GONG is non-partisan and independent organization, founded in 1997 to encourage citizens to actively participate in political processes. Its goal is promoting and elevating human and civil rights, as well as encouraging and empowering citizens to participate in political processes.

Being joint project of HND and GONG, Faktograf is obliged to respect the same principles. We are not involved in political parties or in supporting political candidates.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant sent proofs that its founding organizations are committed to be independent and non-partisan. It has also stated in the application that it is "obliged to respect the same principles" as their founding organizations. "We are not involved in political parties or in supporting political candidates", the applicant adds.

On applicant's website such policy is not published, but the applicant has fulfilled requested in its application - as explained above.


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We choose statements on the basis of relevance or interest for particular topic in public. We start with providing link to the statement and then, as can be seen from the examples provided above, give links on every document, registry or other source that we use in checking the truthfulness of the statement. Readers can use those links to establish the correctness of our conclusions. If we cannot provide a hyperlink to the source, we name the source and quote it in detail.

Sources that are relevant for our fact-checks are: official documents like statements from the institutions, laws, statistics; domestic and international relevant organizations' reports; relevant media. More on our methodology on a following links: http://faktograf.hr/metodologija/

and

http://faktograf.hr/sto-su-ocjene/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In its fact-checks, the applicant links sources of claims and evidence used in fact-checking.

On the applicant's methodology page it is stated that the applicant checks statements of politicians. However, part of their work - as explained so far in this assessment - is also debunking fake news not related to politics. Although the applicant states their work correctly, for full scope of what the applicant fact-checks, it can be advised to add additional information on the website.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has named overall sources of funding (not the amount of incomes but there are names of funding sources). There is also somewhat detailed overview of spending from 2015 to 2018, with plan of spending for 2018.

On the same page the applicant's registration form is clearly noted.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Based on randomly checked fact-checks on the applicant's website, all authors and key actors behind the fact-checking project are clearly listed on the site and their biographies are indicated.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

http://faktograf.hr/kontakt/


Also, information about Faktograf's email, Twitter and Facebook contacts are published at the end of each article published on Faktograf's pages. 

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

By publishing information on its website, under easily found page "contact us", the applicant has indicated an email address and phone number it can be contacted through.

Beside that, information on email, Twitter and Facebook accounts are added under each published fact-check.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant explains its fact-checking methodology publicly and clearly in an accessible place.

N.B. On the applicant's methodology page it is stated that the applicant checks statements of politicians. However, part of their work - as explained so far in this assessment - is also debunking fake news not related to politics. Although the applicant states their work correctly, for full scope of what the applicant fact-checks, it can be advised to add additional information on the website.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

At the end of each article, the following is posted (with links to our social media accounts), inviting readers to contact us:

"Imate prijedloge, pohvale ili kritike? Uočili ste neku izjavu za koju vjerujete da bi je Faktograf trebao obraditi? Želite nas upozoriti na neodgovorno ponašanje političara? Pišite nam na info@faktograf.hr ili nas kontaktirajte putem Twittera ili Facebooka".

General contact details for Faktograf can be found here:

https://faktograf.hr/kontakt/

Editor-in-chief's contact e-mail can be found here:

https://faktograf.hr/impressum/

Faktograf also cooperates with the regional news network N1, allowing their readers to suggest claims to fact-check via their own webpage: http://hr.n1info.com/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Same as for complaints and comments, for sending claims the applicant has indicated an email address and phone number on the website page "contact us", and also information on email, Twitter and Facebook accounts are added under each published fact-check.

On another page, the applicant made it clear that those statements that contain claims related to objective facts, and the accuracy of which can be determined by objective verification - are the one being evaluated.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

On its website, on page https://faktograf.hr/impressum, the applicant has explained that its correction policy is in accordance with law on media, and pointed to the email through which the correction can be requested. The applicant linked the law on media there, without going in depth about the way the request will be handled, which should be explained in the law.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.

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

Faktograf.hr
24-Sep-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

- Marijana Petir, member of the European Parliament, reacted to a fact-check published on Faktograf and penned by a leading legal expert on the topic that was discussed, as well as a former president of Croatia Ivo Josipović. Her request for correction was published in it's full form and later even sparked additional debate between the two:

http://faktograf.hr/2018/03/12/petir-istanbulska-konvencija-rimski-statut-ivo-josipovic/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/03/13/petir-odgovara-josipovicu-istanbulska-konvencija-ne-donosi-nista-osim-nejasne-definicije-roda/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/03/15/ivo-josipovic-odgovor-marijana-petir-istanbulska-konvencija-rimski-statut/

- Faktograf's standard approach to correcting mistakes within its own texts is to correct the mistake and add an explanation at the bottom of the text (in italic), in accordance with the established practice followed by most online media. Examples of such practice can be seen here:

https://faktograf.hr/2018/01/17/udzbenik-snaga-rijeci-ministarstvo-obrazovanja/

https://faktograf.hr/2018/03/17/grabar-kitarovic-argentina-lobiranje-gospodarstvo/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Oct-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant provided one reaction from March 2018. In this case, the applicant reacted professionally and published answers in its original form. However, from the content of answers/complaints the applicant received in this example, it is not clear that the applicant did anything wrong. Two politicians are arguing about an issue, having obviously different opinions and arguments. However, the applicant responded to their complaints in a timely manner by publishing what they demanded. All corrections are linked within these stories.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Milica Šarić.