All the statements Istinomer rate are verbatim quotes published in different media outlets. We tend to use video materials when possible in order to avoid misquoting and misinterpretation. We always contact people we rate to request further information about the given statement, whether it be comment or data.
We also contact responsible institutions in a search for data. We use publicly available information, but we have repeatedly used FOI requests to obtain certain documents and contracts, which were not made public prior to our request. We upload full documents we obtained during the fact check process and whenever possible we also link to different sources of information cited in the text in order to enable readers to verify the data themselves and decide whether they agree with the rating or not.
We analyze reports of domestic and international institutions and think thanks, search credible databases and consult experts in different fields, university professors, NGOs. No conclusion in our fact checks could be made based on unnamed sources, as we use on-the-record sources and official documents.
We have developed internal methodology in this regard and all the members of the team underwent thorough training on how to find credible sources and make conclusion solely based on verifiable facts, which should also be transparent for our readers.