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NGO GWARA MEDIA

Organization: GWARA MEDIA
Applicant: Serhii
Assessor: Oleg Khomenok

Background

Gwara Media is new media initiative that works in Kharkiv, the city at the East of Ukraine. In the conditions of the war fact-checking department of Gwara Media is mostly focused on checking and debunking of Russian disinformation and propaganda. The newsroom has clear and professional editorial standards. During 2022 Gwara Media launched fact-checking boot that helps people of Ukraine to submit information for verification and get feedback from the newsroom team. 

Assessment Conclusion

Gwara Media meets all criteria and the application can are approved.

There are several point of further improvement:

- consider broader range of topics of fact-checking that, I believe, will naturally come up with the deescalation of the war;

- update professional bios of staff-members of the fact-checking team. 

on 06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago)

Oleg Khomenok assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Gwara Media - це молоде медіа, яке прагне розвиватись та розвивати нову професійну журналістику в Україні. Очевидно, що команді необхідно багато чому навчитись, але головне, що потрібно сьогодні, це відданість професіним та етичним  стандартам.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago)
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

NGO Gwara Media mentioned at provided link is registered as Ukrainian non-profit CSO that runs gwaramedia.com and fact-check department is part of this media.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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?

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The Gwara Media fact-checking department was created on February 28, 2022. The first achievement and key project of the department was the Perevirka bot for Telegram and Viber platforms. The original idea of the bot was to facilitate the access to trustworthy information for people exposed to the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Currently, the team consists of:

Topolnik Yuliana, factchek editor;

Yashchenko Alesya, media analyst;

Olena Migashko, editor-in-chief;

Prokopenko Sergiy, coordination editor;

Ormanji Anna, analyst of Factchek-department;

Sum Igor, analyst of Factchek-department;

Amina Asadova, fanalyst of Factchek-department;

Also, support for the existence of the department is provided by:

Dasha Kotelnikova, digital editor;

Yaroslav Biletsky, developer.

Our products:

Perevirka is a chat-bot for Telegram and Viber, created for quick verification of the news or any information sent by users. More details:

https://gwaramedia.com/perevirka-razom-smozhemo/

Fact-checking: Fake news debunking conducted by our team to counter disinformation. More details: https://gwaramedia.com/read/factcheck/

Feikotnya: A digest of the most popular disinformation of the day, selected by the team. More details: https://gwaramedia.com/tag/fejkotnya/

Kharkiv Deza: A collection of debunking of the most wide-spread fake news or manipulations about the Kharkiv region, Ukraine. More details: https://gwaramedia.com/tag/harkivska-deza/

Fakes Analysis: An ongoing research on the waves of disinformation based on materials collected with the help of the Perevirka bot. More details: https://gwaramedia.com/factcheck/fake-analysis/

Our goal: Provide access to credible, trustworthy information based on facts, which we implement through the verification of our users direct requests containing news pieces, conducted with the involvement of innovative communication tools. This approach gives us the ability to dynamically respond to new social challenges related to the spread of disinformation, as well as to provide factual information to readers to increase the level of media literacy in the society.

During 2023 and the following years, our department aims to continue the informational support of Ukrainians, counter active spreading of fake news, and improve public awareness by debunking fakes and revealing manipulations.

More details: https://gwaramedia.com/pro-gwara-media/ 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago)

The Gwara Media fact-checking unit had been created for the purpose of debunking fakes of Russian Propaganda.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

 See attachments for details.

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant has published at least one fact check a week as it seen at the web-page https://gwaramedia.com/factcheck/page/8/


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago)

Almost all fact check pieces during last three month are debunking Russian propaganda disinformation and manipulations. It definitely has an impact to the well-seeing of the audience yet Gwara Media worth to think of broader range of the issues considered for fact-checking.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

 Gwara Media is an independent portal that is not funded by political organizations or forces. See attachments for

details.

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago)

During 2022-2023 fiscal years, NGO Gwara Media had no direct funding from the state, political parties or politicians.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Gwara Media is not funded by any local or foreign government, or by other political sources. The Gwara Media donors have no influence on the fact-checking process and/ or conclusions of the fact-checking department. More details: https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/  

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The statement of editorial independence clearly defines impartiality and independence of the donors influence. https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/ and here https://gwaramedia.com/redakczijna-politika-gvara-media/ 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

 See attachments for details.

Files Attached
description Gwara Media Criteria... (7 KB)
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The fact-check pieces provided in the links shows that Gwara Media is applying the same standards in both selecting the topics and claims in an unbiased way mostly provided by the audience as well as doing fact-checking of the claims.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The fact checking policy at the https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/ describes the criteria of selection of the claims. It shows that Gwara Media does not unduly concentrate fact-checking on any one side keeping unbiased attitude.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Based on the analysis of randomly selected Gwara Media stories published during last year it is evidently seen that while producing fact-checking pieces Gwara Media team discloses sources status in the story in appropriate cases. The sources used by Gwara Media to confirm facts are neutral and don't influence the accuracy of the factcheck, so the reader might reasonably conclude the interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. This definitely helps the reader to understand if the source has a specific interest and gives a deeper understanding of the story context.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Content analysis of randomly selected Gwara Media publications during last year shows no support of any political party or politician or company, publications reviewed are neither supporting any policy nor advocating any initiative.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Ot os clearly stated at https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/ that Gwara Media and editorial team have no connections or affiliation with any political party and  prevent any possible conflict of interest or support of political parties or any kind of bias or partisanship


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Checking of randomly selected stories published during last year confirmed that in most of cases Gwara Media uses open sources or publications of other media and discloses the sources of information proving or undermining facts that are checked including direct links to reliable information or source. The fact-check publications give the users the opportunity to replicate the fact-check on their own. Yet it should be noticed that at least in one story published on May 2022 https://gwaramedia.com/rozsliduvannya-chi-bude-v-ukraini-deficzit-soli/ Gwara Media was using the only secondary sources of information - publications of other media.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Gwara Media is always looking for more than one source providing confirmation in case the facts and statements that are checked can be proven by several different sources. Yet in some early published cases the use of secondary sources was dominating without clear explanation why primary sources were not approached. In the recent publications Gwara Media is using mostly primary sources for verification and fact-checking. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

If possible Gwara Media is using and quoting more than one source in the fact-check publication.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The stories randomly selected and analysed shown that Gwara Media openly and clearly notices about the topics of possible source conflict of interest, shows these interests and disclose the sources of the information so the readers can make a conclusion about the influence.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Fact-checking unit is part of Gwara Media NGO which is independent non-profit and non-government organisation. The information needed to meet this criterion is published at https://gwaramedia.com/redakczijna-politika-gvara-media/ including the information about sources of funding.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Information on the legal status of the organization: https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/

Financing information: https://gwaramedia.com/redakczijna-politika-gvara-media/   

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The information required to meet this criterion is published at https://gwaramedia.com/redakczijna-politika-gvara-media/ and https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/ 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The organizational structure description and management system is in compliance with the criteria requirements and is described at https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/ 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The team working on the fact-checking is presented here https://gwaramedia.com/pro-faktchek-viddil/ and short description of the duties and responsibilities is described, yet I would suggest to put together a little more details about professional background of team members so the audience would understand the professional skills of authors.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Gwara Media uses multiple channels to enable easy communication of the audience with the editorial team, including sending claims to be checked via Telegram or Viber bots https://t.me/gwara_reporter_bot and e-mail.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The detailed methodology of fact-checking process by Gwara Media is published at https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/ 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The content analysis of randomly selected publications shows that Gwara Media is selecting the claims and issues for a fact-check based on the social importance of the information as well as explaining the reason for the publication to the readers.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Randomly selected publications analysis shows that Gwara Media is trying to keep balance in covering of claims. In most of cases there is a description of all aspects of the claim and the context that helps the reader in better understanding of the issue covered in the story.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Same standards seem to be applied by Gwara Media in all cases analysed, although having in mind current war most of the stories are focused on debunking Russian dinsinfosrmstion and propaganda.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Most of the stories analysed are based on the online publications on social media and when possible Gwara Media tries to reach the person who made the claim or being quoted in fact-checking publication. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The Gwara Media fact-checking department verifies news that users send to our Perevirka bot via Telegram or Viber. This bot is one of the leading products of the fact-checking department of Gwara Media. The bot connects users who challenge some information or news pieces with our team of experienced fact-checkers who have all the variety of instruments and required skills to produce a conclusion (if it is possible to find proofs). For more information, visit our web page: https://gwaramedia.com/perevirka-razom-smozhemo/

Also, at the bottom of the Gwara Media site, there is a link to another bot for suggesting news for publication: https://t.me/gwara_reporter_bot

Details on how to contact the fact-checking department can be found on the page “Policy of fact-checking”: https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/

Contact us form is attached to the “About us” page. The Fact-checking and Methodology pages also contain information on how to reach us via email. https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/

https://gwaramedia.com/metodologiya-faktchekingu-perevirka/

On the “Fact-checking policy” page we describe in detail how we choose materials for verification, and explain what exactly will be published on the website. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Gwara Media uses multiple channels to enable the audience to send the claim for fact-checking, including Telegram or Viber bots https://t.me/gwara_reporter_bot and e-mail at https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/ .


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Corrections and complaints policy is described at https://gwaramedia.com/politika-faktchekingu/  


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The corrections and complaint policy clearly defines the willingness go Gwara Media to work professionally and to correct possible mistakes. The explanations of how audience can file a complain, how it will be reviewed and, in case of mistake, how it will be corrected.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

For the last six months Gwara Media's team recorded one case of information correction. When the updates on the article occured, we described what exactly had changed in the text adding the appropriate "UPD" mark and indicating what was incorrect. In the article description, we also inform readers that the paragraph of the article has been edited.

Link to the article: https://gwaramedia.com/identifikacziya-vijskovosluzhbovcziv-rf-chastina-2/

The fact-checking bot Perevirka also ensures compliance with the rules of the correction policy. For example, it is impossible for a fact-checker to change the sent response and comment surreptitiously. If you need to change the status of a reply or comment, the user will receive a new notification. This ensures that the user is notified in case of the status change of their request.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Despite the link provided by Gwara Media leads to the story that is not the fact-checking piece, that had been corrected in two weeks after publication, but I think this is legitimate evidence of implementation of correction policy by Gwara Media. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We will publish such a statement on our website when we become signatories to the IFSN. We cannot do so as we are

applying to the IFSN for the first time.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Gwara Media noted that they are working according to the standards of IFCN https://gwaramedia.com/pro-gwara-media/ but with no details that might come after joining the signatories list.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

GWARA MEDIA
27-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
06-Mar-2023 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

 The editorial policy of Gwara Media is describing the corrections rules at https://gwaramedia.com/redakczijna-politika-gvara-media/ 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.