Mongolian Fact-checking Center

Organization: Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
Applicant: Dulamkhorloo Baatar
Assessor: Munkhchimeg Davaasharav

Background

In the last three decades, as Mongolia shifted from socialism to democracy, free press surged in numbers, currently reaching 500 media outlets for the small market of three million people. Even though the law guarantees press freedom, most media companies have political affiliations and highly dependent on advertisement revenue. According to the Media Ownership Monitor, only one out of ten Mongolian media outlets is actively transparent about its ownership. To my knowledge, most of the media companies do not have or do not reveal information about their legal status, newsroom policy, and structure. Most newsrooms do not have the knowledge and capacity to do fact-checking, therefore producing low-quality journalism.

Mongolian Fact-Checking Center, a unit of the legally registered NGO Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, is one of the first two organizations doing professional fact-checking in Mongolia, to my knowledge. Its editorial team consists of three fact-checkers, including one editor. Since April 2020, when it published the first content, MFCC regularly updates the website with new fact checks. More than 80 percent of its fact checks focus on public interest topics such as COVID_19, air pollution. 

Assessment Conclusion

The applicant performs following the IFCN Code of Principles.

MFCC fact checks do not show any sign of partisanship and deliver the same high standard of evidence and judgment for each claim regardless of who made them. Its Fact-Checking Process document precisely describes its fact-checking methodology and mentions how the staff members are required to follow nonpartisanship and avoid conflict of interest in their fact-checking, daily work, and social media footprint.

MFCC provides various opportunities for readers to communicate with the editorial team, encouraging them to "Request Fact Check" by filling the form.

In all contents reviewed, the fact-check summaries were explained step by step in a way that enables readers to replicate the fact check on their own. MFCC cites multiple sources in all of their works and uses the best available primary sources. There was no evidence of bias towards the government, political parties, or politicians. The correction policy is clear and accessible for readers.

MFCC did an excellent job providing detailed information about its organizational structure, legal status, and professional background, and professional biographies/roles of all three fact-checkers, including one editor.

As we requested more detailed information on financial transparency, the applicant named (and published on its website) sources of income of its parent organization, which financially supports its operation.

on 22-Apr-2021 (2 months ago)

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

MFCC нь Олон Улсын Баримт Шалгагчдын Сүлжээний ёс зүйн зарчмуудыг мөрдөн ажиллаж байгааг харж болохоор байна.

Тус төвөөс гаргасан факт чекүүд нь тухайн мэдэгдлийг хэн хийснээс үл хамаараад төвийг сахисан, аль нэг тийш хэлбийгээгүй, мэргэжлийн байж чадаж байна. Баримт шалгах үйл ажиллагааны журмаараа аргачлалаа тодорхой танилцуулж, мөн ажилчид нь ашиг сонирхлын зөрчлөөс хэрхэн сэргийлэх талаар тодорхой заасан байна.

MFCC нь уншигчдадаа редакцитай холбоо барих боломжийн бүх хувилбарыг санал болгосон бөгөөд “Баримт Шалгуулах” формыг бөглөөд баримт шалгуулах хүсэлтээ илэрхийлэх боломжийг бүрдүүлж өгчээ.

Бидний уншсан контент бүрд баримтыг хэрхэн нягталж шалгасан тухай мэдээллийг алхам алхмаар өгсөн нь уншигчдад өөрсдөө факт чек хийж үзэх боломжийг олгож байна. МFCC баримт нягтлан шалгахдаа олон төрөл, түвшний эх сурвалж ашиглаж байгаа бөгөөд аль болох анхдагч эх сурвалжаас мэдээллээ авсан нь харагдаж байна. Засгийн газар, аливаа нам, эсвэл услтөрчийн зүг хэлбийснийг илэрхийлэх шинж тэмдэг ажиглагдсангүй. Залруулга хийх бодлого нь уншигчдад ойлгомжтой, хүртээмжтэй байхаар байна.

Байгууллагын бүтэц зохион байгуулалт, эрх зүйн статус, мөн нэг редакторыг оролцуулаад гурван баримт шалгагчийнхаа үүрэг ролийг нягт нямбай танилцуулжээ.

Санхүүгийн ил тод байдлын тал дээр илүү дэлгэрэнгүй мэдээлэл гаргах тухай бидний хүсэлтийн дагуу MFCC нь өөрийн цахим хуудсан дээр Сэтгүүл зүйн Инновац, Хөгжлийн Үүр Төвийн санхүүгийн эх үүсвэрүүдийг нэрлэсэн байна.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Mongolian Fact-checking Center is a distinct unit within a legally registered NGO, Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development. Nest Center is legally registered in Mongolia under registration number 6569935. Mongolian Fact-checking Center's editorial operations are fully independent from the Nest center as approved by the order by the Chairman of Nest Center, dated May 6th, 2020, attached here to this application. 

The information is also available on MFCC's website on the following link: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

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Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago)

Mongolian Fact-checking Center (MFCC) is the unit of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, which is legally registered as an NGO in Mongolia in May 2020. Details of its registration are confirmed from the State Registry Database here:

http://opendata.burtgel.gov.mn/lesinfo/6569935

The information of its legal registration is available for readers on MFCC's website's "About Us" section here: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

The applicant has also provided a state registration document to prove that it is a legally registered organization and the chairman’s order to prove that MFCC is a unit solely dedicated to fact-checking.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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?

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Mongolian Fact-checking Center is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. The center employs 3 full-time fact-checkers, including the editor. And as a result of our previous trainings for potential volunteer fact-checkers, we receive fact-checks to be edited and commented from time to time. But no fact-check from a volunteer has been published to date. But volunteers have helped us with translations for information to be posted on our Facebook page to raise awareness on misinformation, tools and techniques for fact-checking. All the three full-time employees engage in the fact-checking operation, but whether to fact-check certain claim or whether to post it are decided by the editorial team, with the editor, myself, making the final call. We do not post specific names of the fact-checker, who mainly worked on the fact-check for the following reasons: 1) Fact-check is normally not done with just one person. If we look at our fact-checks, there is none that was conducted by one person alone, 2) Mongolia is a small country. Therefore, by posting names of each fact-checker, we think we are increasing the chances that our fact-checkers will be contacted by a person whose claims have been denied causing personal and physical threats.    

Our initiative started on a Facebook page, where we initially planned to start fact-checking to train ourselves and create a handbook for journalists in order to develop a new approach to recognizing trusted sources, as part of UZEG platform (a web-based platform aimed at supporting freelance journalists by making it easier for them to operate online and thus diversifying the topics that are being covered), which is being developed by Mongolian Fact-checking Center's parent organization. But as we started to understand the idea of fact-checking better, we realized that we shouldn't belittle the cause to a mere training manual. We decided to make it a distinct unit with independent editorial policies and a long term development plan in sight, which includes becoming an IFCN certified operation. 

Mongolian fact-checking Center's vision is to increase the media literacy of the public, help them to use information as a tool to improve their livelihoods by the act of fact-checking. The information can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

Now, Mongolian Fact-checking center carries out in-person trainings from time to time, depending on the number of requests received at our  Facebook page, Twitter account or other channels, and we also participated in a nation-wide research on the "State of misinformation during Mongolia's parliamentary election of 2020", led by the Press Institute of Mongolia, with focus on Facebook. We try to engage in surveys and researches that will help us better understand the state of misinformation and media literacy in Mongolia as much as possible. 

The following are our short-term plan or 2021: 

1. Get certified by IFCN. This will greatly help us in getting approval from the public. Now for an average Mongolian reader, our operation may seem like a small initiative carried out by three women who have nothing else to do. Getting certified by IFCN will help us engage in more readers and advocates for media literacy.   

2. Train and recruit at least one more fact-checker who will help us do reporting on place and monitor the general news flow of the day to better identify red flags. 

3. Raise awareness of more people by making our volunteer fact-checker trainings frequent. Although, we do not receive many qualified fact-checks from volunteers, we believe that carrying out trainings is an effective way to convert naive news consumers to smarter ones. We also want to start rewarding qualified fact-checkers for the time and effort they put into the act of fact-checking in case the works are publishable after editorial inspection. 

4. Increase the number of weekly fact-checks to at least 2. 

5. Train ourselves better to utilize better and more effective tools and practices. 

6. Start collaboration with scientists, experts in certain fields and engineers who will help us better interpret professional information and use online tools more effectively. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago)

Mongolia is a post-socialist, democratic country sandwiched between China and Russia. In the last three decades, as the country shifted to democracy, free press surged in numbers, currently reaching 500 media outlets for the small market of three million people. Even though the law guarantees press freedom, most media companies have political affiliations and highly dependent on advertisement revenue. According to the Media Ownership Monitor (https://www.mom-rsf.org/en/countries/mongolia/), only one out of ten Mongolian media outlets is actively transparent about its ownership. To my knowledge, most of the media companies do not have or do not reveal information about their legal status, newsroom policy, and structure. Most newsrooms do not have the knowledge and capacity to do fact-checking, therefore producing low-quality journalism.

For this context, MFCC did an excellent job explaining its motivation and purpose to the readers on its website. The answers provided by the applicant seem trustworthy.

The applicant has also provided a copy of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development’s order with its plan for 2021, to prove that MFCC is a unit solely dedicated to fact-checking.

The center employs three full-time fact-checkers, including the editor (applicant). The bios and contacts of fact-checkers can be found at the “About Us” section of the website here:

http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

To my knowledge, MFCC is one of the first two organizations doing professional fact-checking in Mongolia (the other one is Fact Check Mongolia).

Since April 2020, when it published the first content, MFCC regularly updates the website with the new fact-check contents.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Please find the list of fact-checks conducted by the Mongolian Fact-Checking Center in 2020 as attached. 

All our fact-checks can also be found here: http://mfcc.mn/index.html

Also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MongolianFactCheckingCenter

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Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant provided a list of 41 fact-checks published from April 1st to December 30th, 2020, and identifies, for each, a brief explanation of the main subject in English. When tracked from the website, the original versions of the fact-checks published in Mongolian, the description, number, and dates all seem accurate. Here is the timeline of the contents published:

http://mfcc.mn/index.html

Since April 1st, 2020, MFCC regularly updates the website with new fact-checks, though it does not produce fact-checks every week. There is only one fact-check published in July 2020, whereas 11 fact-checks were published in November 2020. Within a timeframe of 6 months before application total of 24 fact-checks were published, equaling approximately one fact-check per week, which makes this criterion compliant.

Since January 2021, though, the website was updated with the new fact-checks almost every week, publishing on average 4-6 contents per month. According to the organization's short-term plan, it plans to increase the number of weekly fact-checks to at least 2.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Please refer to the attachment for the previous question and our website's fact-checked section on the following link: http://mfcc.mn/index.html

Our fact-checks have concentrated more on claims related to coronavirus remedies, patient management, huan rights issues around the covid outbreak and personal information security issues, mainly phishing. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In total, 19 fact checks were published over October, November, and December 2020. Most of these contents (about 80 percent) cover COVID_19 related topics, such as misinformation on remedies, human rights issues regarding the lockdown, government regulation confusion. There were also few fact-checks on other public interest topics, such as air pollution and external trade. Overall, well above 90 percent of the fact checks published over the previous three months before the application was related to public interest issues.   


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO is our sole financial supporter. The NGO pays for the staff salary and provides the staff with an office  internet access. The devices used by our staff are owned by themselves. We are independent from political parties or politicians, private entities or MNCs.

The information about the financing can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In the "About Us" section of its website, MFCC states that Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO financially supports its operation and ensures the team's editorial independence. There are no publicly available finance reports on MFCC and its parent organization Nest Center for Journalism Innovation.

The first principle of the center's code of ethics also declares the non-partisanship policy and outlines general rules for the team to prevent bias during the fact-checking here:

http://mfcc.mn/p.html 

There is a "Donation" section on MFCC's website. The center's bank account is provided along with the statement that it needs support as it operates for the public interest only and is independent of political parties or politicians, private entities, or MNCs. Though, the applicant does not provide information about the donations.

From their works published over three months before the application, there was absolutely no evidence of bias towards the government, political parties, or politicians.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Does not apply. 

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The following are links to 10 fact-checks that we believe will demonstrate our non-partisanship. In terms of the number of the fact-checks made, majority have debunked or approved the claims made by the ruling party. We hope this will not be interpreted that we support the the opposition. 

We would like the assessor to understand that the number of fact-checks made are the reflection of the representation of parties in the parliament. The current parliament comprises of Democratic Party, the opposition have 11 members, 7 of whom are first-time elected with less experience, 1 member from the Mongolian labor party, a new political force acting as the third force and the leading Mongolian People's Party have 64 members in the parliament. 

Also, due to the covid outbreak, and the political intervention of it in Mongolia, we had to fact-check official claims made by the Ministry of Health multiple times as it strongly misrepresented what the WHO had said, especially in terms of myths about remedies and patient management. 

We picked the most politicized topics in Mongolia as representations of our fact-checks to show that we are bipartisan and use the same standards to decide to fact-check and post every fact-check that we do. 


Links are as follows: 

Claims that consumer loans will be frozen are FALSE (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-2.html


Claims that the state will not allow farewell in case a person dies of Covid are FALSE (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-5.html


Announcements on Alibaba online shopping website claiming to sell land in Mongolia contain FALSE information (Democratic Party)

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-11.html


Unofficial translation of the claim that the FATF agreed to take Mongolia out of the Grey List is MISLEADING (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-13.html


Elon Musk DID NOT tweet about Ikh Khuraldai Complex (Democratic Party)

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-15.html


Advise on COVID-19, distributed with speaker of parliament, G.Zandanshatar's name is MISLEADING (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-9.html


Claims that citizens from the countryside who are quarantined in the capital will be sent back home of November 18th are FALSE (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-11.html


Claims that the president has confided the prime minister to implement a program to give away a financial assistance of 1 million MNT for every household are MISLEADING (Democratic Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-13.html


Claims showing WHO's guide saying that social distancing and quarantine is unnecessary during Covid are FALSE (Mongolian People's Party)

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-16.html


Claims that new type of clean coal affected to increase the content of nitric dioxide and sulphur dioxide in the air are #TRUE (National Labor Party)

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-22.html


Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Most of the examples provided by the MFCC focus on COVID_19 related topics and do not explicitly address claims made by politicians. These examples do not show any sign of partisanship and deliver high standards of evidence and judgment for equivalent claims regardless of who made them.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We have made a localized translation of the IFCN's code of ethics when we initially started our fact-checking operation with slight additions that would fit our operation and make our internal management mechanism clearer. The policy can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html

In short, Mongolian Fact-checking center's fact-checkers are required to reach out to all possible sources starting with primary source, secondary source, an expert in the field where necessary and use online tools to validate claims made by sources (sources can either be humans or data, reports etc), weigh the information that have been collected before making a verdict. 

How we choose claims to fact-check is also regulated by the same regulation document on our website: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html

In short, we choose to fact-check claims based on our purposes for fact-checking, which are to prevent the public from potential harms due to consuming misinformation, educate the public and to decrease the spread of misinformation. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The Fact-Checking Manual published at the MFCC’s website (the link provided by the applicant) mentions its fact-checking methodology and selection criteria. It states that the public interest topics such as economy, education, environment, governance, health, and human rights will be prioritized, and claims to fact-check will be selected based on MFCC’s purposes to:

1. prevent the public from potential harms due to consuming misinformation;

2. educate the public on media literacy;

3. and to decrease the spread of misinformation.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Please refer to the information provided for Criteria 1.3. 

We follow the same requirements and standards for each fact-check and sources and their interests can be found in the fact-checks where it applies, especially for politicians. 

However, as we have not done any commercial fact-checks, there have been no applicable situations where we should disclose our commercial or other such relationships. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In each fact check, MFCC lists all of its sources and credits them in such a manner that the perspective and context of their quotes are evident to readers.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Mongolian Fact-checking Center's staff are allowed to have political beliefs as it's a basic human right, but are forbidden to post it publicly and advocate for their beliefs even on their personal social media accounts. They are also required to disclose all previous affiliations with any political parties and the nature of relationship, and hold the highest ethical standards to meet MFCC's Ethics standards, which is the direct translation of IFCN's 5 key principles. 

The standards can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/p.html

  

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As mentioned earlier, most of the fact checks produced by MFCC focus on COVID_19 related topics and do not explicitly address claims made by politicians. There was no evidence of bias towards any political party or politicians.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Our policy for non-partisanship is stated at this link: http://mfcc.mn/p.html

All fact-checkers (currently the policy is applied only to fact-checkers and editors as this is the only position we have) are required to follow this ethical standards in their daily operations and in their social media footprint. If they are found to be in violation of these policies, they will be immediately required to leave the center. As this is an internal management procedure, this is regulated by the labor contract we sign with the fact-checkers. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC states that it follows the fact-checkers code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network, the first principle that guarantees the commitment to nonpartisanship. The code of principle in Mongolian can be found here:

http://mfcc.mn/p.html 

Its Fact-Checking Process document mentions how the staff members are required to follow nonpartisanship and avoid conflict of interest in their fact-checking, daily work, and social media footprint:

http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We believe the source is the most important element in a fact-check, therefore we aim to state the sources that we use in our fact-checks as clearly as possible, while trying not to compromise the readability of the fact-check. Therefore, we state all the key sources that led us to the verdict in the main body of the fact-check and list all other relevant or discovered to be irrelevant sources at the foot of each fact-check accompanied with list of tools that we have used wherever applicable.  

An example can be seen from a recent fact-check: http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-24.html


Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In all stories reviewed, the fact-check summaries were explained step by step in a way that enables readers to replicate the fact check on their own. In some contents, the list of all sources (primarily open-source documents, links to the original articles if other media reportings were quoted) was provided at the end of the fact check, or in a separate list on the right side of the content. In some cases, the sources were hyperlinked, some of the hyperlinks were not working, showing an error, which could be a minor technical issue that the team needs to address.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We aim to reach out to primary sources wherever possible, and we state the fact that we have approached to the primary source in each of our fact-checks accompanied with information on whether it as been successful. We try to state a clear information about who the primary source is in cases it would not compromise the physical safety or the livelihood of the person. In case the primary source is a document or a report, we always mention it with the link to the file or the attachment of the file itself. There are cases that when we approach the primary source, they try to influence our operation and make us cancel publishing the findings. Therefore, our policy, which can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html, regulates that we should not fall into such persuasions. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Almost all of the reviewed fact-checks use the best available primary sources, and all of them were listed or hyperlinked, making it easy for readers to fact-check on their own. In few examples, secondary sources referred to other news media stories and social media posts of officials, though the process of fact-checking was appropriately explained.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As regulated by the guide to fact-checking which can be found here at this link: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html, in order to check a certain claim, we reach out to multiple sources. The political situation in Mongolia makes it hard even to believe official policy organizations' claims, therefore we reach out to multiple sources starting from primary source, a person who have been a witness to the event and use reports, data or tools that could validate the claims made by humans.  

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC cites multiple sources in all of their works such as official documents, studies, confirmation, or explanation by an official or an expert. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We clarify political interest of people who make certain claims in our fact-checks whenever we feel it's relevant to the key verdict of the fact-check. This happens with political fact-checks most commonly. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC uses various sources in a balanced way. There was no example of showing bias to any source in particular. There were examples of commenting on the reliability of specific sources if necessary.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We are a fact-checking unit of an independent nonprofit organization. Proof can be found in the attachment, which are also attached to criteria 1.1, and also on our website on this link: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html


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Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
20-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

We are a fact-checking unit of an independent nonprofit organization. Proof can be found in the attachment, which are also attached to criteria 1.1, and also on our website on this link: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

Mongolian Fact-checking center operates at the office of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development at no cost to the center. It is financially supported by the Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO for staff salary, and as of today, MFCC does not have any revenue and does not expect to earn commercial revenue from its fact-checking operation. Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO supports its own operations and MFCC's through grants, through media market research service, paid training for journalists and through social marketing advisor service it provides to media sector customers. 

The Nest Center has received grants to run its operation supporting the media sector from the IWMF (International Women in Media Foundation) in 2020 and EJN (Environmental Journalism Network) in 2021. The Nest Center has also provided social marketing advisor service to the Independent Authority Against Corruption, advising them on how to deliver messages to raise awareness on corruption efficiently to the public, to the National Gender Committee to help raise public awareness on gender stereotypes through legacy and social media. 

Another source of revenue for the Nest center was a market research conducted with support from People in Need Mongolia, a Mongolia branch of an international NGO. The study was themed "News Consumption Trends in Ulaanbaatar". 

The Nest Center aims to have all its operations - paid and not paid to best tailor for the needs of news consumers. 

These additions have also been made to the website's About us section available on this link: http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html


Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC is a fact-checking unit of the legally registered NGO Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, clearly outlined on its webpage. The link provided by the applicant ("About Us" section of its webpage) states that Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO financially supports its operation. However, no information details sources of revenue for MFCC and its parent organization Nest Center for Journalism Innovation. 


cancel 4.1 marked as Request change by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.
Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
22-Apr-2021 (2 months ago)

MFCC is a fact-checking unit of the legally registered NGO Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, which financially supports its operations. To our request for more detailed information on its financial transparency, the applicant published on its webpage the revenue sources of its parent organization as:

-Grants: International Women in Media Foundation, Environmental Journalism Network;

-Media market research service: "News Consumption Trends in Ulaanbaatar" study conducted with support from People in Need Mongolia;

-Paid training for journalists;

-Social marketing advisor services: Independent Authority Against Corruption, National Gender Committee.

Even though it does not detail the values or percentage of each source of income, the information provided by the applicant seems accurate. 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The statement can be found here:

http://mfcc.mn/about-us.html

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As mentioned before, in the “About Us” section of the webpage, it is clearly stated that MFCC is a fact-checking unit of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development. The page also mentions the legal status and the state registration number of the parent organization.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The information can be found on the following links. 

The following link explains how editorial control is exercised: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html

On the following link, the assessor will be able to see introductions to each team member and their roles at the Mongolian Fact-checking center: http://mfcc.mn/team.html


Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The “Our Team” section of MFCC’s webpage introduces the editorial team, professional biographies with photos and contact information of an editor, and two other fact-checkers is available. The editorial process is also precisely described here:

http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

On the following link, the assessor will be able to see introductions to each team member and their roles at the Mongolian Fact-checking center: http://mfcc.mn/team.html



Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As mentioned before, professional biographies and contact information of all three fact-checkers, including one editor, is available here:

http://mfcc.mn/team.html 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Readers can send us requests to have certain claims fact-checked at http://mfcc.mn/factcheck.html

This link is accessible to readers at the end of every fact-check posted on our website and at the top menu line on our website.  

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC provides various opportunities for readers to communicate with the editorial team:

1. “Our Team” section of the webpage mentions phone numbers, email addresses, and links to social media accounts of its editor and fact-checkers: http://mfcc.mn/team.html

2. There is a generic email address (info@mfcc.mn), phone number, office address, and social media links to the MFCC page on the footer of the website.

3. There is a “Request fact check” section at the top menu line of the webpage where readers can send requests to have specific claims verified by filling the simple form of the name, email address, and the link they want to be fact-checked with the brief description. As an applicant mentioned, this link also appears at the end of every fact-check published:

http://mfcc.mn/factcheck.html 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The policy can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html

In short, we choose claims to fact-check based on their importance and potential to influence reader's life and livelihoods, its reach and educational values. Wherever necessary, we state the reason why we chose to fact-check a certain claim. 

And we explain all the procedures we take when doing the fact-check in a way that can be replicated by the reader.

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant has provided a link to its Fact-Checking Process document, which gives a detailed description of its fact-checking methodology and procedure.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We state the reasons why we choose to fact-check a certain claim either at the beginning or at the end of each fact-check depending on the nature of the narrative. We choose the claims to fact-check depending on the importance, the importance and educational value of the topic in circulation. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The reviewed fact checks demonstrate that the MFCC selects claims based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims. In many works, they do explain the reason for choosing the claim to check.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We state in our fact-checks all types of sources, the flow of events that has happened during the research, how it has changed or evolved and make the verdict by weighing the timeliness and rigor of the evidences and sources mentioned. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The information provided by an applicant is accurate. The reviewed contents demonstrate that the MFCC consistently sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim and relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We examine each source official or unofficial with the same high standards. We try to use a tool or data or a report to validate each claim made by a human where possible by keeping in mind the limitations tools and reports may have. We also approach academic sources to get professional background on complex situations. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The reviewed fact checks demonstrate that the applicant maintains a balanced, professional approach to different claims and sources. MFCC assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made it.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

First we check the sources the person who made the claim mentioned in his or her remarks when applicable and in cases the situation is complicated we contact with the person to make clarifications. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In most cases, MFCC seeks to contact those who made the claim, provides their responses, mentions additional information obtained from them, explains if they fail to reply in their published fact checks. Even though most of the fact checks are based on the claims that appear online, on social media, the applicant verifies the reliability of the social media account that posted the claim and tries to reach for the supporting evidence.

However, there were few cases where those who made the claim did not have an opportunity to respond, to provide supporting evidence (or at least it was not appropriately explained if the applicant tried to reach): 

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-15.html

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-34.html

Also, especially when fact-checking content by local media (online news sites, their social media accounts, or social media accounts of local journalists), the applicant avoids contacting them. Here are some examples:

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-36.html

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-35.html

http://mfcc.mn/blog-post-32.html

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-17.html

http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-13.html

The applicant, therefore, needs to work for consistency in commitment to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

What can be fact-checked and what can't be fact-checked are stated here: http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html

Our contact us page is here: http://mfcc.mn/factcheck.html

Readers are encouraged to contact us in as many ways as we can offer. All news reports are followed by a contact us and corrections policy note with a link to the contact us page. The page's link is also found at the top menu line on our website. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

There is a dedicated “Request Fact Check” page to invite readers to submit claims to fact-check by filling the simple form of the name, email address, and the link they want to be fact-checked with the brief description. This link can be found at the top menu line of its webpage and also at the end of every fact-check published:

http://mfcc.mn/factcheck.html 

The link provided by the applicant thoroughly explains what can be fact-checkable and how the editorial team selects claims to fact-check:

http://mfcc.mn/fcp.html 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Our corrections policy can be found here: http://mfcc.mn/cp.html

Complaints can be submitted on our contact us page and through a link forwarded at the foot of every fact-check. 

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

MFCC has a clear, precise corrections policy which appears on a specific page on its website, here:

http://mfcc.mn/cp.html 

Moreover, at the end of every fact check, the following information is provided for readers:

If you have any feedback, corrections, or other complaints related to our center's fact checks, please reach our editor by e-mail address dulamkhorloo.b@mfcc.mn.

Therefore, MFCC has a corrections policy that is easily accessible and referenced in every fact checks published.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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

Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The correction policy provides precise definitions of how major mistakes are handled, how the corrections and revisions are published, and that some complaints may justify no correction (though the person who complained will have a response from the editorial team).


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

There have been one request which we received through our Facebook Page before the launch of our website. We received the request, examined the situation and discovered that we made a mistake, accepted the request and published the correction on the Facebook Page. Regardless of the platform, we followed the same corrections policy. Evidence can be found from the attachment. 

We have not received any other corrections request since our establishment, and also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MongolianFactCheckingCenter/posts/200977958216804

We have posted the corrected story accompanied with the corrections note on our website: http://mfcc.mn/covid-post-14.html

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Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant provides an example of a correction posted on its Facebook page, which happened before its website launch. The corrections note appears at the beginning of the fact check allowing users to see what precisely was corrected.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Does not apply. 

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.

Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO
14-Dec-2020 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The corrections policy is stated on the mfcc.mn website on the following link: http://mfcc.mn/cp.html

And the parent company's pledge to adhere to the correction's policy is guaranteed by the order of Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO's Chairman dated May 6th, 2020 attached here, on article 9. 

P.S: The parent company does not own a website. 

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Munkhchimeg Davaasharav Assessor
13-Apr-2021 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, the parent media company of the MFCC, does not own a website. The applicant attached an official document of the order by its chairman, which says that the Nest center for Journalism Innovation and Development NGO approves and adheres to the correction policy for the MFCC.  


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Munkhchimeg Davaasharav.