Assessor: Margot Susca
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
The organization has listed its ownership in the about section: https://www.nu.nl/colofon.html
It has also added short biographies of the staff working on the project: https://www.nu.nl/blog/4930679/redacteuren-dagelijks-factchecken-nunl.html available from the main page of the project https://www.nu.nl/nucheckt
Compliance for criteria (4a) and (4b) is now considered “complete”.
Conclusion and recommendations
Margot Susca wrote:
Nu.nl clearly follows the Bordeaux Code, which was first adopted in 1954 by the International Federation of Journalists, and sets guidelines on journalistic independence and fairness and accuracy in reporting. It further explains: “NU.nl brings objective and independent news, without political or philosophical coloring or commercial interference, coupled with financially sound operation, to ensure continuity and expansion.”
However, the information provided for the section on Transparency of Funding & Organization needs further explanation. In its application, nu.nl links to its masthead/departments and its owner (Sanoma Digital) posted online but that section does not provide explicit details addressing the core directive which sets to provide readers with an understanding of its ownership/funding structure. One may link on the Sanoma name at the bottom of the page and then is taken to its website so perhaps that is enough to give compliance here.
Further, although nu.nl provides a lengthy list of contacts by area and department, bios are not listed for its staff there.