Istinomjer

Organization: Istinomjer
Applicant: Danira Karovic
Assessor: Ivana Jeremic

Background

Istinomjer is one of the pioneers of fact-checking in the Balkans. It's been a signatory of IFCN code of principles and has preserved the ethics and the values the Code is promoting. With years of experience in fact-checking, Istinomjer has set standards not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina but the whole region. 

Assessment Conclusion

Over the course of six months, Istinomjer published dozens of fact-checks in various forms. By respecting the highest journalistic standards, Istinomjer covered various topics such as daily politics, religion, constitution and responded to the growing interest in COVID-19 related topics. Its strict methodology and internal policies have preserved the objectivity and integrity of Istinomjer's work even in such uncertain times. Once again they've proved to be a consistent member of the International Fact-Checking community and deserve to have their status of a signatory of IFCN Code of Principles renewed.

on 19-Oct-2020 (9 months ago)

Ivana Jeremic assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

U prethodnih šest meseci Istinomjer je objavio desetine članaka. Poštujući najviše novinarske standarde, Istinomjer je pokrivao niz tema poput dnevne politike, religije, ustava i odgovarao na rastuće interesovanje za teme vezane za COVID-19. Striktna metodologija i interna pravila sačuvali su objektivnost i integritet Istinomjerovog rada čak i u ovako nesigurnim vremenima. Još jednom su se pokazali kao dosledni članovi međunarodne zajednice za proveru činjenica i zaslužuju da im se obnovi status potpisnika IFCN etičkog kodeksa.

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.

Istinomjer
21-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Istinomjer is an online platform for monitoring and evaluation of accountability of public office holders, political parties in power and political actors in general. Istinomjer is the project developed and edited by the Civic Association "Why not?".

http://zastone.ba/en/programs/responsible-government/istinomjer/

CA “Why Not” is a legal entity registered in the register of civic associations within the Ministry of Justice of FBiH on January 9th 2001 under No. 56, Book 1 of the register, with registration number 03-054-992/97-2. Decision on the

Registration, along with the Statute of the organization is attached in the application. 

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Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Zasto ne (Why not) Civic Association, the founder of Istinomjer, its online fact-checking platform, is a legally registered entity. Information about Istinomer and its founding organization can be found on both Istinomjer's and Zasto ne's website.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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?

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

1. Istinomjer started its work in August 2010, when the results of the fulfillment of the pre-election promises for the mandate of 2006-2010 were presented. Istinomjer was formed as an initiative (platform) that focuses on the promotion of the responsibility of political parties participating in the executive branch, as well as holders of public office who have responsibility towards the citizens of BiH. Its goal is to direct the political and public discourse in BiH as much as possible towards the promotion of political responsibility as a fundamental principle of democracy.

https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/

2. The Istinomjer team consists of seven people, one of whom is a project coordinator, three people are researchers, while two people are also editors and researchers, and one person is a creative manager. During September 2019, one student volunteered in the Istinomjer team.

https://istinomjer.ba/istinomjer-tim/

3. In addition to evaluating the statements of public officials on a daily basis that include promises, untruthfulness or truthfulness of their claims, as inconsistency or consistency in their views, Istinomjer is implementing several other projects as we follow the pre-election promises of the Governments formed at several levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so the Council of Ministers for the term 2018-2022, as well as the Government of the Republika Srpska and the Government of the Sarajevo Canton are monitored. Istinomejr also, after 100 days from the establishment of one of the governments, as well as on the anniversary of the formation of these governments, comes out with a report with the evaluation of pre-election promises. Promises at the local level for the period from 2016 to 2020 are also being monitored, and it is planned to continue monitoring the pre- election promises of local government and self-government units in the new mandate period from 2020 to 2024.

https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/

As Istinomjer operates within UG "Why not", other current projects within this organization should be mentioned, such as "Raskrinkavanje" - an online fact- checking platform, "Glasometar" - app that does matching of voter preferences to parties for elections, which was tested for the first time for the 2010 General Elections in BiH, and is also used in this year's elections, and "Javna Rasprava" - a platform which enables and facilitates citizens to directly participate in decision- making processes in BiH, as well as the opportunity to communicate with those who make those decisions (ie elected and appointed representatives in the legislative authorities).

More information about programs of Why not can be found here: https://zastone.ba/en/category/news/zasto-ne-en/

4. Our plans for the following year would be to continue our monitoring processes and to ensure that the impact that Istinomjer has reaches even more people. We also plan to include new types of content since it is an election year in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

With 10 years of fact-checking experience, Istinomjer is one of the pioneers among similar organizations in the Balkans. Formed with the idea of ​​checking the promises of politicians, and the effectiveness of their policies, Istinomer today regularly publishes fact-checks in various journalistic forms. The initiative is set up exclusively for the purposes of fact-checking.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

In the last six months (from April to September 2020), Istinomjer fact-checked 62 articles. Fact-checks can be found on this link: https://istinomjer.ba/izjave/istinitost-page/

Beside fact-checking we've been publishing other types of articles where we follow the statements of politicians in BiH.

In the same period in the category of consistency/inconsistency 23 articles were written.

https://istinomjer.ba/izjave/dosljednost-page/

In the category of promises, 124 articles were written in the period from April to September.

https://istinomjer.ba/izjave/obecanja-page/

69 analysis were written in previous six months.

http://istinomjer.ba/analize/

49 videos were published in the previous six months.

https://istinomjer.ba/tv-istinomjer/

Monitoring of pre-election promises (General elections and Local elections)

The last update and progress report on the fulfillment of pre-election promises was done in June 2020 (100 days of Government of Sarajevo Canton) and in April 2020 (100 days of BiH Council of Ministers).

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

In the last six months, Istinomjer has published more than one fact-check per week. On average, Istinomjer publishes 2 or 3 fact-checks per week, with a few exceptions over the course of summer months. Besides regular fact-checks, Istinomjer also published articles in other sections in different journalistic forms.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer covers various topics such as politics, language disputes, economy, education, religion, constitution and of course health and COVID-19 related topics since the start of the pandemic. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Our organization has no commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship to the state, politicians or political parties in the country. Our work is funded exclusively by international organizations which share our beliefs of objectivity and impartiality. Donors have no influence on our work. The work we do is performed strictly in line with our methodology and non-partisanship policy, which ensure objectivity and impartial approach to topics, research and ratings, regardless of who the “actors” are.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

There is no track of state funding or institutional relationship to the state or political parties. According to its website, Istinomjer is a non-profit organization relying on international donors who guarantee its independence in editorial policy.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 All information about our non-partisanship policy can be found at this link - https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/ 

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Istinomjer treats every political party and political option in BiH alike and applies the same standards and methodology when fact-checking accuracy of claims made by all sides of political spectrum.

BiH’s is a very complex political system, where numerous parties and candidates compete in general elections (on cantonal, entity and state level) and local elections (municipal level and Brčko District). This administrative division, paired with ethnic divide (both inherent to the constitutive system and practiced in everyday politics) produces a divided media sphere, where political actors usually receive different treatment based on their relation to these factors (administrative level and ethnic group).

Istinomjer, however, fact-checks statements from across the political spectrum in BiH, applying the same standards and methodology to claims made by all political actors. We also track campaign promises of all the political parties in ruling coalitions on the two top administrative levels and promises of mayors of several municipalities from both entities and from 4 different cantons. These are all competing (and often belligerent) political actors, coming from different ethnopolitical and ideological backgrounds and all are tracked and rated in the same way.

Considering that we can not fact-check all of the statements and promises, we choose those that are newsworthy in terms of dealing with current “hot topics” and issues that affect people’s lives, or those that have weight for citizens as voters (particularly when following pre-election campaigns).

We are nonpartisan and strive to be impartial when drawing attention to the inaccurate statements of all political actors. However, as our work is centered around promotion of political accountability, it is inevitably focused more on some political actors than the others. Specifically, we put stronger focus on the parties and political figures who hold executive power, particularly since we also track these parties’ pre-election promises. We also encourage the readers to point us to the possible false statements, unfulfilled promises, or any other relevant “fact- checking material” that we might have missed.

Links to examples of our fact checks, proving the scope and consistency of our work, can be found below:

Examples of statements rated for truthfulness:

https://istinomjer.ba/nije-neka-alijina-bih-bila-potpisnica-daytona-nego-priznata- clanica-un-a/

https://istinomjer.ba/komsic-neistinito-o-dodikovim-sastancima-nasamo/

https://istinomjer.ba/bih-nije-prva-u-regiji-po-broju-smrtnih-slucajeva-uzrokovanih- pandemijom-covid-19/

https://istinomjer.ba/sdp-bih-nema-najvise-prijavljenih-izbornih-listi-na-teritoriji- cijele-drzave/

https://istinomjer.ba/zvanicni-statisticki-podaci-demantuju-bakira-izetbegovica/

Examples of statements rated for consistency:

https://istinomjer.ba/dodik-i-ranije-jasno-podrzavao-mali-sengen/

https://istinomjer.ba/dodik-promijenio-stav-po-pitanju-pomoci-od-strane-eu/

https://istinomjer.ba/izetbegovic-poziva-da-se-razmisli-o-spajanju-lokalnih-i- opstih-izbora/

https://istinomjer.ba/kadrovi-na-kojima-je-insistirao-snsd-imenovani-prije-ministra- sigurnosti-bih/

https://istinomjer.ba/karte-za-nezaposlene-poskupile-na-osnovu-sporazuma- potpisanog-od-strane-bivse-vlade-ks/

Examples of ratings for promise fulfillment:

https://istinomjer.ba/ako-ne-bude-zahtjeva-za-izmjenama-snsd-ce-podrzati- budzet-bih/

https://istinomjer.ba/prasovic-gadzo-insistiranje-na-amandmanu-koji-nije- predlozen/

https://istinomjer.ba/masic-najavio-rusenje-aktuelnog-saziva-vlade-ks/

https://istinomjer.ba/izmjene-i-dopune-zakona-o-radu-na-dnevnom-redu-vlade- fbih-u-utorak/

https://istinomjer.ba/planiranje-finansijskih-sredstava-jos-uvijek-daleko-od- obicnog-covjeka/

Examples of analysis:

https://istinomjer.ba/vlasti-u-rs-ne-mogu-odredjivati-ime-jezika-kojim-govore- bosnjaci/

https://istinomjer.ba/koliko-ce-se-jos-cekati-na-zakljucke-sda-o-aferi-asim/

https://istinomjer.ba/vlada-ks-nije-dodatno-popunila-redove-u-inspekciji/

https://istinomjer.ba/dodik-u-opstinama-gdje-nismo-dobili-necemo-pomagati- odma-da-znate/

https://istinomjer.ba/rudari-u-bih-u-jamama-uskostranackih-i-privatnih-interesa/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Having in mind the complexity of the political sphere in Bosnia and Herzegovina and challenges of the decades-long transitional period, Istinomjer remains very successful in fulfiling its role as a fact-checking centre and holding politicians accountable. Istinomjer fact-checks cover various topics and are not reserved for a particular party or individual involved in public life in Bosnia. All provided fact-cheks fulfil the criteria, written in accordance with the highest journalistic standards.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Istinomjer treats every political party and political option in BiH equally and applies identical standards and pre-established methodology when checking the accuracy of statements and promises of all parties.

Since we cannot verify all statements and promises, we choose those that are currently of public interest, that are important for the daily life of citizens, or that are important for informing voters during the election campaign.

Istinomjer s non-partisan and seeks to maintain impartiality when drawing attention to the inaccurate statements of all political actors. However, as the work of Istinomjer is primarily focused on the promotion of political responsibility, it is inevitable that more political attention will be paid to some political actors. In particular, our focus is always more on those political parties and politicians who participate in the executive branch, especially since Istinomjer also monitors the fulfillment of pre-election promises of these parties. Therefore, we want to encourage readers to point out potential incorrect statements, unfulfilled promises, but also other relevant and verifiable public appearances of political actors that we may have missed.

https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

A detailed description of Istinomjer's methodology is easily accessible to all readers on their website, in a separate section that offers more information on how the topics are being chosen and the evaluation criteria. The criteria, as described on their website, is detailed and strict, leaving little space for manipulation and bias.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

By randomly choosing a set of fact-checks for evaluation, I've concluded that Istinomjer lists all of its sources and credits them in such manner that the perspective and context of their quotes are obvious to readers. In regards to commercial or other relationship that could influence the findings of a fact-check, I wasn't able to determine any fact-checks describing it. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

I wasn't able to find any examples showing that Istinomjer is an organization affiliated with any party, politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any particular policy. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

We have a strict employment policy, where we check background of employees during job application, so no one working within our organization, especially Istinomjer cannot engage in partisan political activity or make contributions to candidates or advocacy organizations.

Our previous and current activities, performed both within the Istinomjer and the entire organization, have always been independent from any political influence, as well as from our own personal political and other beliefs. Our work is solely funded by international organizations and embassies, who share our belief in the objectivity, impartiality and influence on public opinion.

As an organization, we engage in promoting government transparency and political accountability, so we always did and will always support policies and legislation that helps Bosnian society move towards more transparent and accountable governance, regardless of which political party or person introduces these policies or legislation.

https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

In the "About" section Istinomjer describes how it preserves the transparency of its work. According to the rules listed on their website, Istinomjer employees are not allowed to be an active member of any political party, nor actively participate in the election campaigns of political entities. 


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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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer lists and links all of its sources. In cases where other media reportings are quoted links to the original article were provided. In fact-checks that mention documents or statistics, the source of such data is provided and documents published. Readers have access to sources used in the process of fact-checking which allows them to do the fact-checking on their own.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago


Istinomjer uses primary sources mainly. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer does not take claims for granted and tries to cross-check them.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Istinomjer is one of two fact-checking sections of parent organization CA ”Why not”, as noted in our “about” page (https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/ ). Information about legal status and scope of work of CA “Zasto ne” as the parent organization can be found on this link -https://zastone.ba/organizacija  

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer is a fact-checking initiative founded by CA "Zasto ne", a registered legal entity registered in the register of civic associations with the Ministry of Justice of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.



done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 Istinomjer is a project of the citizens' association "Why not", founded in 2001. It is a non-profit medium whose work has been financially supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) from the beginning.

https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/  

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

In the "About" section Istinomjer declares its ownership and status. It is a separate project of CA "Zasto ne" dedicated to data verification and accountability promotion - promoting accountability through factor checks of politicians and public officials as well as the media.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer team members are listed in a separate section of their website. Besides the names, readers can learn more about members' duties and biographies.



done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 Istinomjer is edited by the following team of journalists and researchers:

https://istinomjer.ba/istinomjer-tim/

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

A separate section on Istinomjer's website details the professional biography of its team members and play a significant part in its editorial output.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 "Ask the Istinomjer" section is available on the home page: https://istinomjer.ba/pitajte-istinomjer

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer has a separate page on their website with a form for readers where they encourage people to send questions and suggestions. Besides that, within their contact information, they provide an email address readers could use to reach out to the team.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 The link below provides detailed methodology of our fact-checking work. If necessary, methodology can be translated into English and provided to you.

http://istinomjer.ba/metodologija/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer has a separate page on their website where they describe their methodology. How they evaluate claims, what are the forms that can be used to explain the topic, and explain each of the criteria they track - claims, promises, accountability. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer selects claims relevant to the public, important for both readers and decision-makers, giving inputs on the accountability of political actors



done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer fact-checks seem objective and include views and proofs provided on all sides of the claim and political spectrum. Fact-checks are mainly based on documented proofs and sources that could be easily checked by a third party.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Same rules apply to all fact-checks I have evaluated, regardless of the topic and the party involved. 


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

I wasn't able to find examples that would fit the criteria.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Readers can submit requests for fact-checks of claims made by political actors by filling the form that is especially prepared for these purposes, which is easily accessible and visible on the main page of our website.

Please see link below: http://istinomjer.ba/pitajte-istinomjer/

Readers can also submit requests for fact-checks of claims made by political actors by sending us an email with the claim, which is stated on the main page of our website. Also, our readers can contact us through our Facebook page and ask for the specific claim to be checked. Since this channel of communication ha usually been used the most for such purposes in the past, we have a “pinned” post (always visible on top of the page) encouraging readers to contact us with questions and suggestions.

Please see link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Istinomjer/posts/2056717004359621

Readers can also participate in the monitoring of the pre-election promises, by sending us their inputs on fulfillment of each individual promise. Every promise has a form which can be used to submit additional data about that promise.

Please check the link below for an example:

https://istinomjer.ba/predizborna-obecanja/provodjenje-kantonalnog-ekoloskog- akcionog-plana/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer has a form for readers on their website where they can submit proposals and suggestions. They also use social media to encourage people to propose fact-check ideas.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Our correction policy can be found on the link below:

http://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/

Istinomjer had two corrections to published articles in the previous period. In the analysis "Will BiH protect its citizens - the case of Trgovska gora" Istinomjer changed part of the originally published text after the association "Green Team" pointed out a flaw in the analysis, and the missed data was subsequently inserted into the text. In September 2020, the Truth Meter in the text "What does the term" national distribution "mean?" changed the original assessment with a detailed explanation of why it was done. At the end of both mentioned texts, a disclaimer was written with a clear explanation of what was corrected in the text.

https://istinomjer.ba/sta-podrazumijeva-termin-nacionalna-raspodjela/

https://istinomjer.ba/hoce-li-bih-zastiti-svoje-gradjane-slucaj-trgovska-gora-2/

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer has a clear correction policy advertised on its website within the "about" section and is easily visible and accessible.



done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer's correction policy states that all political actors and state institutions who are subject of their fact-checks and whose statements and promises are checked and evaluated, to provide additional clarifications and facts, or to challenge the given assessments if they believe that they do not correspond to the existing facts. Istinomjer team then cross-checks new facts and if it is determined that Istinomjer misjudged the statement or promise in question and based its assessment on erroneous information, it will publicly admit the mistake and correct it. 

As stated on their website the deadline to respond to the request for correction is one working day, unless additional verification of the information is required.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Istinomjer had two corrections to published articles in the previous period. In the analysis "Will BiH protect its citizens - the case of Trgovska gora" Istinomjer changed part of the originally published text after the association "Green Team" pointed out a flaw in the analysis, and the missed data was subsequently inserted into the text. In September 2020, the Truth Meter in the text "What does the term" national distribution "mean?" changed the original assessment with a detailed explanation of why it was done. At the end of both mentioned texts, a disclaimer was written with a clear explanation of what was corrected in the text.

https://istinomjer.ba/sta-podrazumijeva-termin-nacionalna-raspodjela/

https://istinomjer.ba/hoce-li-bih-zastiti-svoje-gradjane-slucaj-trgovska-gora-2/

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer had two corrections over the course of the year. Within the fact-check, it is stated when and how the story was corrected. In future my advise would be to more precise on what exactly has been changed. Ideally, it would be good to quote the original part of the story and say how it was amended.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Information about complaints regarding the IFCN Code can be found in the section "Correction of incorrect statements" on our about page - https://istinomjer.ba/o-istinomjeru/ 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
06-Oct-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Istinomjer within its "about" section declares itself an IFCN signatory and inform users that if they believe that they are violating the IFCN Code, readers may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.



done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Istinomjer
28-Sep-2020 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Not applicable (we are a project of a CSO, not a media company).