Patikrinta 15min

Organization: Patikrinta 15min
Applicant: Liepa Želnienė
Assessor: Martins Kaprans
Conclusion and recommendations
on 13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago)

Martins Kaprans wrote:

The applicant fully complies with the IFCN criteria. 

on 13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago)

Martins Kaprans recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

"Patikrinta 15min" is a project of the second largest online media outlet in Lithuania - 15min.lt

https://www.15min.lt/patikrinta-15min 

Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago)

The applicant is a legally registered media outlet that has set up a distinct fact-checking section.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant publishes fact-checking reports on a regular basis, more than one report per week.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-k-mazeika-automobiliu-skaiciumi-tukstanciui-gyventoju-pirmaujame-es-56-1191050

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-a-veryga-61-proc-nuskendusiu-buvo-neblaivus-56-1197424

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-a-lobovas-ligonineje-burys-skiepu-komplikacijas-patyrusiu-vaiku-56-1204902

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-lietuvoje-100-kartu-maziau-nei-europoje-zmones-sutinka-buti-kaulu-ciulpu-donorais-56-1208270

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-v-sinica-kelis-menesius-masiskai-padeginejamos-prancuzijos-baznycios-56-1131564

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-g-nauseda-lenkija-yra-antroji-pagal-diduma-musu-eksporto-partnere-56-1175644

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-i-simonytes-duris-s-skverneliui-jusu-vyriausybe-turi-pluosta-kt-sprendimu-56-1129982

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-s-skvernelis-lietuva-valstybe-neturinti-jokiu-politiniu-kontaktu-su-rusija-ir-baltarusija-56-1115740

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-g-kirkilas-apie-koalicijos-sutarties-nutrukima-nenuvertus-v-pranckiecio-issigalvojo-komentatoriai-56-1170142

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-r-karbauskis-pirma-karta-istorijoje-dvi-partijos-remia-ta-pati-kandidata-56-1165930


"Patikrinta 15min" covers a wide variety of topics, from claims made by politicians - from President to municipal politicians, from bussinespersons to lawyers. Here are the rules, how do we choose the claim for factchecking: https://www.15min.lt/patikrinta-15min/taisykles

Moreover as Facebook third-party fact-checking partners we are debunking hoaxes found in social network. However only the articles in which we are factchecking claims are labeled with badge "Patikrinta 15min" and goes with a truth-o-meter and form to suggest a claim for factcheking.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The Patikrinta15min fact checks provide a balanced content. 


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Every employee of 15min signs the code of principles, which is attached. It says, that they can not be member or support any candidate or political party and can not advocate or take policy positions on any issues not strictly related to fact-checking. Moreover every employee of 15min fills the annual declaration of interests. 

Files Attached
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Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The available fact-checking reports show the applicant's impartiality in dealing with particular political figures.  


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The fact checks contain links to contested claims and to sources that are used in fact-checking.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

15min UAB is owned by Margus Linnamäe via AS Postimees Grupp and OU UP Invest. https://www.postimeesgrupp.ee/about-us/

Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The provided information make a clear statement on ownership


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

All authors and key actors behind the fact-checking project are clearly listed on the site and their biographies indicated.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The signatory ensures  an easy way for the public to reach out directly to the fact-checking initiative with complaints or comments.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant explains its fact-checking methodology publicly and clearly in an accessible place.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

https://www.15min.lt/patikrinta-15min/taisykles

Form to submit claim goes with every political claim factcheck. Here is an example, how it looks: 

Files Attached
formapatikrinta.png (506 KB)
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant has indicated to readers how they can send claims to fact-check.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant has a well-articulated public corrections policy.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

Patikrinta 15min
30-Sep-2019 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

When we are correcting an article we put a new information and add a red line that the article was corrected. In the past year we haven't got grounded complains, but here are some examples of previous corrections: 

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/nuomones/gintautas-vaitoska-atsakymas-i-publikacija-tiesa-ar-melas-homoseksualumo-klausimu-18-790904

https://www.15min.lt/naujiena/aktualu/lietuva/tiesa-ar-melas-a-butkevicius-ministerijas-sukeite-be-partijos-valdybos-zinios-56-709501

Martins Kaprans Assessor
13-Nov-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant organization has a public page listing all corrections and has provided examples of such corrections.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Martins Kaprans.