Organization: Observador - Fact Check
Applicant: Miguel Pinheiro
Assessor: Francisco Rolfsen Belda
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
The organization clarified its non-partisanship policy in https://observador.pt/especiais/como-vao-ser-os-novos-fact-checks-do-observador/ (question number 10).
Observador informs that, according to national legislation, the organization can not prevent journalists from exercising their political participation rights. However, in accordance to its non-partisanship policy, and for the sake of transparency and independence, the company complies to make sure that none of its journalists incurs in any kind of incompatibility in this area.
From the assessor:
Considering this clarification, the assessment of criterion 2b has been updated to Fully compliant.
Conclusion and recommendations
Francisco Rolfsen Belda wrote:
Considering this assessment, I understand that Observador is completely compliant with almost all the IFCN principles, except for two of then (1B and 2B, partial compliance). So, the signatory should be ACCEPT SUBJECT TO EDITS.
Recommendation regarding criterion 1B: it's my understand that the signatory should pursue an increase in the frequency of fact-checking publication in order to meet the suggested average parameter of one per week.
Recommendation regarding criterion 2B: the signatory could include a clear statement in its "Estatuto Editorial" preventing not only the organization itself but also the staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations.
I finally suggest the editors to review the post with Q&A regarding fact checking methodology so to provide more details on policy for sources, also with a clearer explanation to readers on what is and what is not fact-checkable.