Pagella Politica

Organization: Pagella Politica
Applicant: Sarah Boschetti
Assessor: Clara Attene

Background

Pagella Politica is an independent fact-checking organization born in 2012, with the main purpose of fact-checking on political claims and issues.
Pagella Politica is a project run by The Fact-Checking Factory (TFCF) Srl, a limited liability company based in Italy.
Italy is a democratic country and it allows Pagella Politica to work independently and in a safe enough environment.

Assessment Conclusion

The applicant confirms to be compliant to all IFCN principles and it is a trustworthy reference for fact-checking in the Italian media landscape.

on 21-Mar-2022 (3 months ago)

Clara Attene assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Pagella Politica conferma di essere in linea con i principi dell'IFCN: questo rende la testata un punto di riferimento per il fact-checking su contenuti politici a livello nazionale. 

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago)

Pagella Politica is a registered newspaper at the court of Milan, Italy. Its parent company, TFCF SRL, is a limited liability company (società a responsabilità limitata according to the Italian law) which owns and operates two independent fact-checking projects, Pagella Politica and Facta. Both perform fact-checking, debunking, training, and consulting in the disinformation and media literacy fields. TFCF SRL falls under the “Independent for profit company” category in the IFCN guidelines.

Information about our organization’s legal status is clearly set out in the "Chi siamo" [Who we are] webpage on Pagella Politica’s website, easily accessible from our homepage: https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica is a legally registered newspaper at the Court of Milan, with the registration number 55 on 8th March 2021.

It is a unit focused on political fact-checking of the parent company "The Fact-Checking Factory (TFCF) Srl", founded in 2013: TFCF Srl is a limited liability company, which can be labeled as an "independent for profit company” under the IFCN guidelines.
All information is clearly stated here: https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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?

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago)

Pagella Politica was established as a legal entity – originally a Srls (“società a responsabilità limitata semplificata”, according to the Italian law) – at the end of 2013. Its website (https://pagellapolitica.it/) started publishing fact-checks in October 2012. In December 2020 the name of the legal entity was changed in The Fact-Checking Factory SRL and Pagella Politica continued as a fact-checking project within the parent company.

Since the beginning, Pagella Politica has the objectives of (a) monitoring the statements of the main Italian politicians to evaluate their truthfulness through numbers and facts; (b) analyzing and counteracting the disinformation phenomenon in Italy and in Europe through its participation in dedicated projects; and (c ) fostering cooperation in the fact-checking community through its involvement in national, regional and international networks. Its core mission is to improve the quality of information and the Italian public debate, providing greater objectivity, and to counter the spread of false or incorrect information. Online since October 2012, Pagella Politica has verified over three thousand political statements and many hundreds of fake news.

The team is currently composed by 9 in-house staff and a variable number of external collaborators. The internal staff is: Giovanni Zagni (Director), Tommaso Canetta (Deputy director), Carlo Canepa (Chief Editor), Laura Loguercio (Fact Checker), Federico Gonzato (Fact Checker), Pierpaolo Salino (MIL Expert), Silvia Cavasola (Project manager), Renata Leopardi (Social media manager) andSarah Boschetti (Administrative responsible). We do not use unpaid and voluntary work, but we occasionally have interns from journalism schools and universities.

Pagella Politica performs mainly fact-checking of political statements and publishes political news and analysis. In the recent past, it carried out important collaborations with major Italian media, such as the national broadcaster RAI2 and the newswire agency AGI. It is part of the winning consortia in some of the main European projects in the field of disinformation, such as SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis, part of the Horizon 2020 program), EDMO (European Digital Media Observatory, part of the Connecting Europe Facility program) and IDMO (The Italian Digital Media Observatory), EFCSN (European Fact-Checking Standards Network).

In the field of media literacy it is an active partner of the projects Spotted (School policies to detect and tackle fake news, part of the Erasmus+ program), GenZ and Fakespotting..

With regards to our goals for the coming year, we plan to focus on expanding our audience and renew our editorial offer, both through the renewal of our website (currently scheduled for the end of February, 2022) and the expansion of editorial products such as newsletters and podcasts. We plan to deepen our cooperation with European fact-checkers, in the fields of both editorial content and policy, through our participation in the EFCSN, EDMO and IDMO projects..

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica has been set up as one of the first, problably the first, websites focused on fact-checking in 2012 and nowadays its activity in this field is renowned and reliable.

At
 present Pagella Politica's staff is composed by 9 people: 5 as editorial staff plus a project manager, a training and media literacy expert, a social media manager, and a person in charge of the administration.

As
 known and verified by the assessor Pagella Politica carries out a broad fact-checking activity both for its own activity, for other Italian media and as a part of several European project aimed to tackle disinformation. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica currently publishes an average of 15 articles per week. All articles published are visible under the following link: https://pagellapolitica.it/fact-checking 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As verified on Pagella Politica's website, the applicant is fully compliant to this criteria.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant is fully compliant to this criteria as after verification more than 75% of published fact-cheks are related to the general interest and wellbeing of the society.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago)

Our organization is completely independent and has no relationship with the state, politicians or political parties in Italy as well as in any other country.

We participate in some of the main European projects in the field of disinformation, which are funded by the European Commission of the EU, namely: SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis, part of the Horizon 2020 program), EDMO (European Digital Media Observatory, part of the Connecting Europe Facility program), IDMO (Italian Digital Media Observatory), Fakespotting, GenZ and Spotted (School policies to detect and tackle fake news, part of the Erasmus+ program). Pagella Politica’s involvement in these projects is explicitly mentioned here https://pagellapolitica.it/progetti, including the statement that Pagella Politica’s involvement in these projects has no impact on its editorial independence.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant explains at this link (https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto) that it hasn't any relationship with the state or any politicians or party in Italy or abroad. 
On the page "Progetti" (https://pagellapolitica.it/progetti) it's possible to check the projects where Pagella Politica takes/have taken part and that fund its work. 
No evidence results about undeclared relationships, funding or support.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago)

At the top of the webpage where we detail Pagella Politica’s participation in projects financed by the European Commission (https://pagellapolitica.it/progetti), we clearly state that such participation does not impact our editorial independence.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant provides information as requested by this criteria.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Please find the links to the 10 fact checks in the document attached.

In all our fact-checks we use institutional and, where possible, publicly available sources, so that the operations carried out to perform the analysis are transparent and easily replicable by readers.

The systematic procedure that we follow to perform the fact-checks starts from an analysis of the declaration itself and the parts composing it, a verification of the relevant available official data, and a consequent drawing of conclusions. Our “verdicts” regarding the veracity of the analyzed declarations are based on the objective reality stemming from our verifications.

The ten reported fact-checks deal with some of the major political issues in Italy in recent weeks (including the minimum income measure, called ”reddito di cittadinanza”, Covid-19 vaccines, school closures and reopenings in Italy and mandatory vaccines). In the sample, it is possible to notice how our analyses give positive or negative verdicts to declarations of members of opposing political forces independently of their political affiliations, and only taking into consideration the relationship between their declarations and the facts as verifiable through the official sources. Here are some examples taken from the attached document:

In this article https://pagellapolitica.it/blog/show/1285/draghi-gonfia-i-benefici-dellobbligo-di-green-pass-a-lavoro, the Italian prime minister Mario Draghi is proven wrong regarding the benefits of the green pass certificate on hospitalizations and deaths reductions.

In this article https://pagellapolitica.it/dichiarazioni/8965/no-litalia-non-e-lunica-nellue-con-lobbligo-di-green-pass-per-ristoranti-e-altre-attivita, Francesco Lollobrigida, a member of the opposition party Fratelli d’Italia, is proven wrong in his declaration that only Italy uses the green pass certificate for services like restaurants or museums.

In this article https://pagellapolitica.it/dichiarazioni/8966/salvini-ha-quasi-ragione-sugli-unici-paesi-al-mondo-con-lobbligo-vaccinale, the leader of Lega Matteo Salvini is proven right in his declaration that only few countries in the world have introduce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine.

In this article https://pagellapolitica.it/dichiarazioni/9022/no-litalia-non-e-il-primo-paese-europeo-a-imporre-lobbligo-vaccinale the Public administration minister Renato Brunetta is prove wrong in his declaration that Italy was the first country in Europe to introduce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for people aged over 50.

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Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The 10 fact-checks provided by the applicant as well those picked randomly among those published in the last six months are compliant.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The link https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto provides information on the methodology used to select and fact-check claims according to a procedure granting impartiality (see the “Come operiamo” section in particular). The link is easily accessible from the homepage: it is displayed as one of the main menu buttons (“Chi siamo” > “Progetto”). 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As verified the contents published by Pagella Politica are not affected by any unduly concentration on any political side.

At
this link you can read a detailed explanation of the verification method used: https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

According to what verified, the applicant's team discloses regularly the relevant interests as well as any commercial and other kind of relationships that the mentioned sources have.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As verified, the applicant doesn't show any kind of support for any political party, politician or candidate.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

See under following link the paragrah "Chi siamo": Pagella Politica is an independent organization.https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant states at this link https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto, under the section "Chi siamo" as declared, its policy about the non-partisanship of its staff.

As
 verified the staff acts in a compliant way according to this criteria. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

After verification, the applicant identifies as a rule all the quoted sources of relevant evidences mentioned in its fact-checks. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant is compliant to this criteria, according to our review, as almost entirely it uses primary sources for its fact-checks and, when this is not possible, it gives explanations about the use of secondary sources.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

For each key claim the applicant usually checks two or more sources of evidence.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

According to our review, the applicant usually provides information about the relevant interests of the used sources. 


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica is an independent organization.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica is an independent organization, part of TFCF SRL, a limited liability company as stated at this link, under the section "Chi siamo?": https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Our website explains the financial situation of the project and the identity of its founders https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto :

Paragraph: “Come ci finanziamo?” 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant provides at this link https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto, under the section "Come ci finanziamo?" a list of the sources of funding that accounted for more than 5% in 2021.

In the same webpage is stated that Pagella Politica is an independent organization, part of TFCF SRL, a limited liability company.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Information about our organizational and editorial structure can be found here https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto and here https://pagellapolitica.it/redazione

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant declares how the newsroom is organised, who is in charge of the editorial control and who works on fact-checking at the links https://pagellapolitica.it/redazione and https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As verified, the applicant provides at the mentioned link (https://pagellapolitica.it/redazione) the professional biografies of its staff.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

This link https://pagellapolitica.it/contattaci provides users the possibility to contact our editorial team through a webform. Below the webform we state: “Se vuoi avere maggiori informazioni su Pagella Politica, inviarci una dichiarazione da verificare o semplicemente esprimere un commento sul sito ed il nostro lavoro, contattaci compilando il formulario sopra, ti risponderemo il prima possibile. Puoi scrivere alla redazione a questo indirizzo: contatti@pagellapolitica.it” [If you wish to know more about Pagella Politica, send a declaration to be checked by our team, or simply express a comment on our website and work, contact us via email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.]. The link is easily accessible, as it is displayed on the homepage as one of the buttons of the main menu. 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant is compliant to this criteria


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The link https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto provides general information on the methodology used (see the “Come operiamo” section in particular). The link is easily accessible from the homepage: it is displayed as one of the main menu buttons (“Chi siamo” > “Progetto”). Further details on methodology are provided in the individual fact-checks.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Under the section "Come operiamo", in the webpage https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto, the applicant provides information aboput the methodology used for fact-checking. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

According to our verification, the applicant is compliant to this criteria.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As reviewed, the applicat usually provides both evidence that supports and evidence that undermines a claim.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

According to our review, Pagella Politica's fact-checkers usually assesses the merits of the evidence with the same high standards, regardless of who made the claim.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

As verified, the applicant shows that its fact-checkers seek to contact the sources as a rule. Moreover they state inside tha articles when they weren't able to get an answer from the sources.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

This link https://pagellapolitica.it/contattaci provides users the possibility to contact our editorial team via e-mail, stating: “Se vuoi avere maggiori informazioni su Pagella Politica, inviarci una dichiarazione da verificare o semplicemente esprimere un commento sul sito ed il nostro lavoro, contattaci compilando il formulario sopra, ti risponderemo il prima possibile.” [If you wish to know more about Pagella Politica, send a declaration to be checked by our team, or simply express a comment on our website and work, contact us by filling out the form above, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.]. The link is easily accessible, as it is displayed on the homepage as one of the buttons of the main menu. 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

At this link https://pagellapolitica.it/contattaci, the applicant writes that readers can send it claim to check, how they can do it and explains also which kind of claim can be verified.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Link to correction policy Pagella Politica: https://pagellapolitica.it/correzioni-rettifiche-aggiornamenti

At the same link, below the correction policy, we list all of the corrections that have been made to published articles. In 2021 e 2022 (January to February), we had 6 such corrections.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

At the link mentioned in the application (https://pagellapolitica.it/correzioni-rettifiche-aggiornamenti), is clearly stated the correction policy of Pagella Politica. It is also easy to find in the home page.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The correction policy indicates the features that requests should have, suche as "be detailed and provided with an indication to freely accessible sources". 
It also makes clear that the applicant don't consider requests that ask to change the result of the fact-checking without providing new information that can make possible to review the fact-check.
The applicant adheres scrupulously to the policy.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

On our website there is a page where we collect all of the corrections we make to our published analyses. Two recent examples are:

One of 21 July 2021 [link: https://www.pagellapolitica.it/blog/show/1159/perch%C3%A9-i-vaccini-servono-anche-agli-under-40 ] where we updated an analysis published on 21 July 2021 to delete an error on the Istituto superiore di sanità’s data about Covid-19 vaccines efficacy

One of 23 March 2021[link: https://pagellapolitica.it/dichiarazioni/8852/borghi-sbaglia-su-north-e-south-dakota-e-gestione-dellepidemia ], when we integrated a fact-checking article on a deputy Claudio Borghi’s declaration with a response written by Borghi. 

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

At this link, together with the correction policy, the applicant provides a list of the corrections made as well on the top of each article is stated that it has been corrected and why.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

At the top of this webpage https://pagellapolitica.it/progetto , under the first section called “Progetto”, we write: “Dal 2017 siamo membri attivi dell’International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), la principale rete internazionale dei progetti di fact-checking, e firmatari del suo Codice dei Princìpi, una serie di impegni che riassumono le buone pratiche nella verifica delle informazioni. Il loro rispetto, condizione necessaria per diventare firmatari, è verificato periodicamente da esperti indipendenti. Gli utenti possono riportare una presunta violazione del Codice direttamente all’IFCN attraverso questo formulario.”

[Since 2017 Pagella Politica is an active member of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), and signatory of the related Code of Principles [link to the Code’s webpage]. Any user can report an alleged violation of the Code directly to IFCN through this questionnaire [link to IFCN’s complaints page]].

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant is compliant to this criteria.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.

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.

Pagella Politica
04-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Pagella Politica is one of the two projects of the parent company The Fact-Checking Factory Srl - TFCF Srl (previously Pagella Politica Srls), the other one being Facta: financial and administrative structure of the two fact-checking projects are the same.

Clara Attene Assessor
14-Mar-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant is complaint to this criteria.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Clara Attene.