In mid-December 2016, the Mayor of Istočno Novo Sarajevo (municipality in BiH), Ljubiša Ćosić, addressed us with the letter in which he commented on Istinomjer’s assessment of his pre-election promises. He claimed that we made two errors while assessing his promises and asked for them to be corrected.
Istinomjer published the entire letter sent by Mr. Ćosić.
Also, Istinomjer conducted additional evaluation of the published data, establishing that no error was made and that presented facts were true.
The additional verification of the published data, including a brief article about the promises whose ratings were disputed, was both published on our website and sent to Mr. Ćosić as a response to his letter. We weren't contacted again with additional demands for corrections by Mr. Ćosić or anyone from his office.
Entire story can be found on the link below:
The original articles which prompted a request for corrections can be found on these links:
We had one more similar request in the past year, sent by Obrad Kesić, the head of
“Office for Cooperation, Trade and Investment of Republika Srpska” in Washington DC. The request doesn’t entirely fall into the cathegory of “request for corrections”, as it was predominantly a complaint on what topics we chose to cover and how we covered it (the work of the said Office, its cost for the RS tax payers, the role of the Office and mr. Kesić himself in the repeatedly published false information on liaisons between the new US administration and members of the ruling party in Republika Srpska, the sum of public money spent on lobbying in the US by the RS Government, etc.) and accusations that our work is tailored according to the “interests of foreign governments”, that we “produce fake news” and similar. A small part of the six page letter did contain a dispute of our findings related to the supposed official invites of RS high officials to the inauguration of Donald Trump. We published the letter, along with the reply we sent to Mr. Kesić, which contained a detailed response to all the claims that held any factual content. As one of Mr. Kesić’s main complaints was that he wasn’t contacted before the original article was published, we added a list of questions in relation to the factual parts of the text, offering to include it in our coverage of the topic. We never received any answers, although we did get a reply, with repeated accusations and a statement that any additional questions can only be answered “in a separate interview or story”.
Since the letters from Mr. Kesić were sent in English, we responded in kind (providing, also, the translation to BHS for our readers), so the entire correspondence, in both languages, can be found on the link below:
The original articles which prompted a reaction from Mr. Kesić can be found on these links: