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DUBAWA

Organization: Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
Applicant: Deji Adekunle
Assessor: Raymond Joseph

Background

Founded in 2018, Dubawa is an independent West African verification and fact-checking project initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID). It operates as a distinct unit within CJID), a legally registered non-profit organisation, and is supported by a number of influential newsrooms and civic organisations in West Africa.

CJID, which has its headquarters in Nigeria, was founded in 2014 "to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data and civic technology." Dubawa plays a key role in delivering on this.

Dubawa’s aim is to inculcate and amplify a culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice.

Since I first assessed Dubawa in 2019, the organisation - initially launched in Nigeria - has continued to grow and today it also operates in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.

Besides fact-checking, Dubawa also undertakes capacity-building and training workshops for journalists and other relevant stakeholders, commissions research into information disorder, especially, in Africa, and is also involved in media and information literacy campaigns. Its annual Week for Truth Project, an online and offline campaign, deploys volunteers to public places like schools. It also strives to improve media and information literacy among citizens.

Dubawa’s website is easy to navigate and important links to information about the organisation and its policies are all in one prominent place inside the “About” tab on the main navigation bar across all pages of the website.

Significantly, while the website’s main language is English, Dubawa also publishes fact-fact checks in local African languages.

Assessment Conclusion

Mis- and disinformation is rife in West Africa, sometimes leading to real-world consequences. This has, on occasion, resulted in attacks and injury, sometimes even death, of people and communities that are the targets of this malicious misinformation. Dubawa plays a key role in combating this through its fact-checking, as well educating journalists, civil society and ordinary people in now to identify fake news”. Dubawa’s growth over the past four years since its launch has been impressive and I have no hesitation in recommending that its IFCN accreditation be renewed. 

on 27-Jul-2022 (1 year ago)

Raymond Joseph assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

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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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa operates as a distinct unit within a legally registered non-profit organization in Nigeria, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). CJID was founded in 2014 to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data and civic technology. CJID and Dubawa also operate in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia.

CJID is headquartered in Nigeria with registration number CAC/IT/NO 69519 by Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Copies of PTCIJ's certificate of incorporation, and constitution showing the relationship between CJID and Dubawa are attached.

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Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Founded in 2018, Dubawa is an independent West African verification and fact-checking project initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID). It is supported by a number of influential newsrooms and civic organisations in West Africa.

Its aim is to amplify a culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice. Since I first assessed Dubawa in 2019, the organisation - initially launched in Nigeria - has continued to grow and today it also operates in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.

Dubawa operates as a distinct unit within the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), a legally registered non-profit organisation. It was previously known as the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). 

CJID was founded in 2014 "to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data and civic technology."

Dubawa obtains its legal and operational powers through the CJID, its parent non-profit organisation. CJID is headquartered in Nigeria with registration number CAC/IT/NO 69519 by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (CAC). 

CJID is headquartered in Nigeria by Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), under the registration CAC/IT/NO 69519. Copies of PTCIJ's certificate of incorporation, and constitution showing the relationship between CJID and Dubawa were included in this application for IFCN renewal 

See https://bit.ly/3Pdb7D6 




done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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?

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
 
 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?


Dubawa was founded in 2018 in Nigeria and since then expanded into all English-speaking West countries. It was officially launched in Ghana in 2020, and in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia in 2021. Dubawa was set up as a response to the increasing challenge of information disorder exacerbated by the eroding trust in journalism and the competing forces of social media and the desire for accurate information by citizens. Dubawa believes that by providing accurate information, building the capacity of the media and other stakeholders and contributing to research around information disorder, the quality of information disseminated to the public will not also be improved but will also help to promote good governance and democratic accountability in the West African sub-region.

2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles? 

Dubawa has a total of 16 full-time staff

1 Director: provides programmatic leadership and support for Dubawa in all countries

3 Programme Officers: manage the operations of the researchers and oversee the implementation of other project activities in each of the operational countries (Ghana - oversight over operations in The Gambia and Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria)

3 Editors: responsible for editing fact-checks to ensure they remain compliant with universal methods and standards while responding to specificities that the local context may require

7 Researchers/ fact-checkers: responsible for investigating public claims and writing fact-checks that respond to misinformation in line with our editorial standards

1 Communications Officer: responsible for publishing fact-checks on the website and social media

1 Audience Engagement Officer: Handles interactions with Dubawa’s audiences on social media platforms

Additionally, Dubawa has five part-time fact-checkers across the five countries it operates in. Also, through other activities including Dubawa’s annual Kwame Karikari Fact-checking and Research Fellowship, some regular volunteers provide content for publication on the website. To ensure consistency and quality of fact-checks, volunteers undergo rigorous training on the tenets and art of fact-checking and Dubawa’s editorial protocols. In 2021, Dubawa had over 20 volunteers at various points. This number includes the volunteers from our Fellowship Program and our affiliated network of student journalists through our Campus Fact-checking Project.

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

Aside from daily fact-checking of public claims culminating in the publication of accurate, unbiased news reports, Dubawa carries out the following activities:

Capacity Building: It promotes capacity-building activities for journalists and other relevant stakeholders through training workshops. In 2021, Dubawa carried out pieces of training in all five English-speaking countries for journalists and civil society organisations.

Research: Dubawa contributes to knowledge around information disorder especially in Africa by commissioning research on same. It has published some of these research findings on its Information Disorder Analysis Centre (IDAC) website.

Media and Information Literacy Campaigns: Through its annual Week for Truth Project, an online and offline campaign where volunteers are deployed to public places including schools, Dubawa contributes to improving media and information literacy among citizens

 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

In 2022, Dubawa aims to achieve the following:

1. Continue to encourage a more involved, and media and information literate citizenry through media literacy articles, fact-checks, analysis, fact sheets and online/offline engagement

2. Through our capacity-building workshops and annual Kwame Karikari Fact-checking and Research Fellowship, continue to equip newsrooms with the skills and knowledge to make fact-checking a norm in newsrooms.

3. Conduct research and build technological tools that adequately identify, analyze and counter information disorder while building a body of knowledge around misinformation in the West African sub-region.

4. Partner newsrooms and data-driven agencies to obtain and digitalize factual information on politics, economy/statistics and health so that Dubawa becomes the hub for verified information in West Africa


Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1) Dubawa was founded in 2018 in Nigeria and since then it has expanded into all English-speaking West African countries. It was officially launched in Ghana in 2020, and in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia in 2021. 

"Dubawa was set up as a response to the increasing challenge of information disorder [that is] exacerbated by the eroding trust in journalism and the competing forces of social media and the desire for accurate information by citizens. 

"Dubawa believes that by providing accurate information, building the capacity of the media and other stakeholders, and by contributing to research around information disorder, the quality of information disseminated to the public will not only be improved but will also help to promote good governance and democratic accountability in the West African sub-region."

2) Dubawa has a total of 16 full-time staff. They are:

i) A Director, who provides programmatic leadership and support for Dubawa in all countries in which it operates;

ii)Three Programme Officers: they manage the operations of the researchers and oversee the implementation of other project activities in each of the countries in which Duba operates. (i.e. Ghana, which has oversight over operations in The Gambia and Liberia, and Sierra Leone and Nigeria);

iii) Three editors responsible for editing fact-checks to ensure they remain compliant with Dubawa's "universal methods and standards."

iv) Seven researchers/ fact-checkers responsible for investigating public claims and writing fact-checks;

v) A Communications Officer responsible for publishing fact-checks on the website and social media;

vi) An Audience Engagement Officer, who handles interactions with Dubawa’s audiences on social media platforms;

In addition, Dubawa has five part-time fact-checkers across the five countries in which it operates in. Regular volunteers provide content for publication on the website through other activities, including Dubawa’s annual Kwame Karikari Fact-checking and Research Fellowship.

To ensure consistency and quality of fact-checks, volunteers undergo rigorous training on fact-checking and Dubawa’s editorial processes.

Dubawa had over 20 volunteers in 2021. They included volunteers from the Fellowship Program and the organisation's affiliated network of student journalists, via its Campus Fact-checking Project.

3) Besides fact-checking, Dubawa also undertakes:

i) Capacity Building: The organisation facilitates workshops to promote capacity-building activities for journalists and other relevant stakeholders. Dubawa conducted fact-checking training for journalists and civil society organisations in all five English-speaking countries in which it operates;

ii) Research: Dubawa commissions research into information disorder, especially, in Africa. The organisation has published some of these research findings on its Information Disorder Analysis Centre (IDAC) website. https://bit.ly/3osizid 

iii) Media and Information Literacy Campaigns: Through its annual Week for Truth Project, an online and offline campaign where volunteers are deployed to public places like schools, Dubawa also works to improve media and information literacy among citizens,

4. Dubawa's goals for 2022 include:

i) Continuing to encourage "a more involved and media and information literate citizenry" through media literacy articles, fact-checks, analysis, fact sheets, and online and offline engagement;

2. Continuing to equip newsrooms with the skills and knowledge to make fact-checking a norm, through capacity-building workshops and the annual Kwame Karikari Fact-checking and Research Fellowship;

3. Conducting research and building tech tools that help identify, analyse and counter information disorder, "while building a body of knowledge around misinformation in the West African sub-region;

4. Partnering with newsrooms and data-driven agencies to obtain and digitise factual information on politics, economy/statistics, and health, "so that Dubawa becomes the hub for verified information in West Africa."


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa publishes an average of five fact-checks every week. All Dubawa's published fact-checking content can be accessed on these websites:

  1. Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  2. Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  3. Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/
  4. Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/
  5. The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/

A spreadsheet containing fact-checks published over the last six months is attached.

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Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa has easily met this requirement across the five countries in which it operates. The most fact-checks published were from Nigeria and Ghana. Hopefully, the number of fact-checks from Sierre Leone, Liberia and The Gambia will increase as new fact-checkers are trained and a culture of fact-checking takes root in these countries.

Links to country fact-checks: 

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

After reviewing fact-checks published during the period under review I can confirm that Dubawa has met the necessary criteria. Fact-checks covered a wide range of claims around issues that included Covid-19, politics, health, economics, and social justice. Fact-checks included claims published by the media, speeches and claims by politicians, and on social media platforms. It is clear that Dubawa casts its net wide in seeking out issues and claims to fact-check. This includes inviting the public to submit claims for fact-checking. 

See: Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/ 

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/ 

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa has no financial affiliation with any politician, political party or state actor. However, Dubawa has partnered with state agencies, institutions and actors over the years as part of efforts to address information disorder. For instance, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Dubawa entered into partnerships with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Nigeria, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Ministry of Information in Ghana to create awareness of, and verify, public health misinformation. Dubawa has also hosted politicians at some of its events including at its launch in all its operational countries and also at some webinars aimed at drawing public attention to information disorder and the need to collaboratively address it. These partnerships did not result in any financial remuneration and were strictly voluntary. 

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

From Dubawa's application:

"Dubawa has no financial affiliation with any politician, political party or state actor. 

"However, Dubawa has partnered with state agencies, institutions, and actors over the years as part of efforts to address information disorder. For instance, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Dubawa entered into partnerships with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Nigeria, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and the Ministry of Information in Ghana to create awareness of, and to verify public health misinformation. 

"Dubawa has also hosted politicians at some of its events, including at its launch in all its operational countries and also at some webinars aimed at drawing public attention to information disorder and the need to collaboratively address it. These partnerships did not result in any financial remuneration and were strictly voluntary."


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa does not receive funding from local or foreign state actors or political sources. For our funding source, this page on our website outlines our funders' names and includes a statement showing the total editorial independence of our work.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa does not receive funding from local or foreign state actors or political sources. Details of all its funding and funders are published here: https://bit.ly/3Bl1Kgw 

From the funding page: "While we are open about reporting our funding support, the funders have absolutely no influence on our judgments and editorial decisions."

Its "Independence Policy" can be found here: https://bit.ly/3PAkVHi 

From the policy: "While Dubawa acknowledges the right of every individual to contest for an elective position as well as support any candidate of their choice running for an elective position, it is our opinion that the independence of the platform may be called into question if team members are partisan. To this end, any team member who wants to contest elections or support/ sponsor a candidate in any form, either by active campaigning or donating to a campaign fund, shall resign his/her position on the team. Dubawa and members of its team, as well as contributors and members of the governing and editorial board, shall, by all means, remain non-partisan."


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa adheres to a strict and diligent process for selection, research, writing, and editing for its fact-checking exercise. A standard fact-checking process begins with claim selection (suggested either internally or by the public), followed by the assignment of the claim to a researcher, investigation of the claim by the researcher, and two-level editing of the fact-check by the editors and then publication. Our claim sourcing policy, that is, what we agree is worth fact-checking, is guided by the virality of the claim, significance, etc. while our research policy is guided by a five-layered evaluation mechanism that privileges: Named sources over unnamed sources; authoritative over random sources; independent over self-interested sources; verifiable over assertive sources; and multiple over single sources. A detailed description of our process can be found here.

Here are a few of our fact-checks which provide evidence of our diversity, non-partisanship and high standards:

  1. https://dubawa.org/false-dr-ceesay-and-the-citizens-alliance-party-have-not-endorsed-adama-barrow/
  2. https://dubawa.org/the-sierra-leone-football-team-did-not-travel-by-boat-to-cameroon-for-afcon2021-as-claimed-by-football-world/
  3. https://ghana.dubawa.org/majority-of-incumbent-governments-including-npp-retained-power-in-2020-elections-contrary-to-claims-by-john-boadu/
  4. https://ghana.dubawa.org/video-of-gunfight-in-a-parking-lot-shows-clashes-in-iraq-2020-and-not-from-the-bawku-conflict/
  5. https://ghana.dubawa.org/false-communication-service-tax-was-not-increased-during-john-mahamas-government/
  6. https://ghana.dubawa.org/e-levy-controversy-western-regional-ministers-claim-on-poverty-levels-misleading/
  7. https://ghana.dubawa.org/okudzeto-ablakwa-falsely-claims-that-ghana-recorded-highest-budget-deficit-in-the-world-due-to-covid-19-expenditure/
  8. https://dubawa.org/nasarawa-government-used-picture-from-brazil-to-depict-status-of-road-in-state/
  9. https://dubawa.org/is-lagos-largest-economy-in-africa-fact-checking-tinubus-claims-on-governorship-term/
  10. https://dubawa.org/hushpuppi-did-not-execute-400000-fraud-from-us-prison/

All of the claims that resulted in the writing of the fact-check reports above met Dubawa’s claim selection criteria: 1. they were viral, 2. they had the potential to influence public opinion and in some cases impact public security,  and 3. they were made by public figures, influential actors or persons with large social media followings - regardless of political affiliation, and were important for public discourse.

The fact-checks also show precisely where Dubawa obtained the claim with screenshots or hyperlinks for audience verification.

The verification process included selecting authoritative, verifiable, independent and multiple sources and ensuring we get as downstream as possible to the primary source of information. All sources of information or evidence used are explicitly presented to, again, aid audience verification.

Context, clarity and transparency are ensured in our writing process, which is why our fact-checks are structured in sections - summary, introduction, verification and conclusion.

Dubawa's guiding principle is to fact-check claims, not people.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

From application: "Dubawa adheres to a strict and diligent process for selection, research, writing, and editing for its fact-checking exercise. 

"A standard fact-checking process begins with claim selection (suggested either internally or by the public), followed by the assignment of the claim to a researcher, investigation of the claim by the researcher, and two-level editing of the fact-check by the editors and then publication. 

"Our claim sourcing policy, that is, what we agree is worth fact-checking, is guided by the virality of the claim, significance, etc. while our research policy is guided by a five-layered evaluation mechanism that privileges: Named sources over unnamed sources; authoritative over random sources; independent over self-interested sources; verifiable over assertive sources; and multiple over single sources."

Full details of policy here: https://bit.ly/3zd2kLU


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa’s claim selection process can be found here on it’s website. To ensure our fact-checks are diverse and truly representative of claims in the public sphere claims identified for fact-checking must meet certain criteria. They must;

  1. be viral or have the potential to become viral
  2. be made by a public figure [a person with large followership]
  3. be claims a typical person hear or read the statement and wonder, 'is that true'?

Thus, claims are fact-checked regardless of the political affiliation of the person making if they meet these criteria.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

From application:

"To ensure our fact-checks are diverse and truly representative of claims in the public sphere claims identified for fact-checking must meet certain criteria. They must:

be viral or have the potential to become viral;

be made by a public figure [a person with a large following;

be claims a typical person may hear or read...and wonder, 'is that true?'

Claims are fact-checked regardless of the political affiliation of the person making it if they meet these criteria.

Full details of policy here: https://bit.ly/3zd2kLU


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago


Criteria met. Based on a random review of Dubawa's fact-checks and various social media accounts, it is clear that  Dubawa focuses on all sides of the political spectrum and applies the same protocols and standards of assessment to all its fact-checks, no matter who is being fact-checked.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's fact checks can be accessed on the websites below:

  1. Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  2. Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  3. Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/
  4. Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/
  5. The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/

Fact-checks published over the previous year can also be accessed on this spreadsheet.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

A random assessment of fact-checks shows that Dubawa meets the necessary criteria. Fact-checks for the countries in which it operates can be found here: 

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/  

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As published on our website, this policy is read and agreed to by our researchers and volunteers. We also refer to the policy from time to time to ensure compliance by all staff.

Find it here.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa has a stringent policy on non-partisanship for everyone who works for the organisation. 

From the policy: "While Dubawa acknowledges the right of every individual to contest for an elective position, as well as to support any candidate of their choice running for an elective position, it is our opinion that the independence of the platform may be called to question if team members are partisan. 

"To this end, any team member who wants to contest elections or support/ sponsor a candidate in any form, either by active campaigning or donating to a campaign fund, shall resign his/her position on the team. Dubawa and members of its team, as well as contributors and members of the governing and editorial board, shall, by all means, remain non-partisan."

Full policy here: https://bit.ly/3PAkVHi 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met.

A random sample of checks shows that Dubawa identifies and, almost always, links to these sources, allowing users to replicate the fact-check if they wish to.

Fact-checks for the various countries in which Dubawa operates can be found here:

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/



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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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's fact checks can be assessed on the websites below:

  1. Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  2. Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  3. Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/
  4. Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/
  5. The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/

Fact-checks published over the last year can also be found in this spreadsheet.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

A random check shows that - as a rule - Dubawa always uses primary sources in its fact-checking work. Criteria met

Dubawa's fact checks can be assessed on the websites below:

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's fact checks can be assessed on the websites below:

  1. Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  2. Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  3. Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/
  4. Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/
  5. The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/

Fact-checks published over the last year can also be found in this spreadsheet.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa meets these criteria by seeking out as many additional sources as possible. It also links to evidence whenever possible, and gives clear reasons for the conclusions it reaches in fact-checks.

Dubawa's fact checks can be assessed on the websites below:

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fact checks published by Dubawa can be assessed on the websites below:

  1. Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  2. Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/
  3. Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/
  4. Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/
  5. The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/

Fact-checks published over the last year can also be found in this spreadsheet.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

Based on an assessment of a random selection of fact-checks shows that Dubawa identifies any interests that sources may have that could have an influence on the information or evidence they supply to the fact-checker.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa is a fact-checking project of a non-governmental organization, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). Attached is the Article of Incorporation of the parent organization the parent body.

Our website also provides information about the relationship between Dubawa and its parent organisation.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa is a fact-checking project of a non-governmental organization, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). See PDFs attached to Criteria One for details.

Details on website: https://bit.ly/3Pdb7D6


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa is a fact-checking project of a non-governmental organization, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). Attached is the Article of Incorporation of the parent organization the parent body.

Our website also provides information about the relationship between Dubawa and its parent organisation.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa is a fact-checking project of a non-governmental organization, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

https://dubawa.org/about-us/governance-organisation/

The Dubawa team is set up for fact-checking and related activities. The team is headed by the Centre’s Director of Innovation, Verification and Media Literacy and is aided by Country Editors who act as country team leads. Editorial control is exercised by Country Editors with oversight by second-level editors. 

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

"The Dubawa team is set up for fact-checking and related activities. The team is headed by the Centre’s Director of Innovation, Verification and Media Literacy and is assisted by country editors who act as country team leads. Editorial control is exercised by country editors, with oversight by second-level editors."

Full details here: https://bit.ly/3PE1hKx


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Key staff members and their biographies can be found here.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

See details here: https://bit.ly/3RIcDyU (click on photos for full biographies).


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa encourages its audiences to engage with its content and team. Our contact details (on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, phone numbers, and email) are clearly stated here. Our audience can also easily find this information by clicking the contact icons at the top right corner of our website.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Users can contact Dubawa using the social media icons (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) in the thin navigation bar running across the top right of all the site's pages. 4

They can also make contact via a "contact us" hyperlink in the "Got a claim for us to fact-check?" box on the right-hand side of all the site's pages.



done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa maintains a five-step process that culminates in the publication of a fact-check. From our claim selection to research, writing and publication, our fact-checking team MUST answer specific questions and go through an internal checklist to ensure the reports are truth-based, relevant and unbiased.

Find Dubawa's methodology here: https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/    

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

From the application: "Dubawa maintains a five-step process that culminates in the publication of a fact-check. From our claim selection to research, writing and publication, our fact-checking team MUST answer specific questions and go through an internal checklist to ensure the reports are truth-based, relevant and unbiased."

Full details of Dubawa's fact-checking methodology here: https://bit.ly/3zd2kLU 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

Based on a random assessment of fact-checks and a review of Dubawa's fact-checking process (https://bit.ly/3zd2kLU) it is clear that Dubawa relies on a selection of sources, both primary and secondary, to reach its conclusions. Fact-checks are in a format that is easy to understand and to follow.

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/ 

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

Evidence that appears to support a claim, as well as any evidence that might refute, it is included in a fact-check, before Dubawa's conclusion is presented.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

The same standards for fact-checks are used, irrespective of who made the claim.

See:

Nigeria - https://dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Ghana - https://ghana.dubawa.org/category/fact-check/

Sierra Leone - https://dubawa.org/category/country/sierra-leone/

Liberia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/liberia/

The Gambia: https://dubawa.org/category/country/the-gambia/


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

Based on a random sample of fact-checks, Dubawa always tries to reach out to the person making a claim. But this is not always possible, particularly where claims are made on social media and it is not possible to ascertain the original source for a claim.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We regularly ask our audience to engage with our content and send us claims they want to be fact-checked either through our social media channels or via email. We have spelt out here the criteria that claims need to meet to be ‘fact-checkable’ and have also indicated clearly the criteria that claims from users need to meet to be fact-checked..

https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/


Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

From the application: "We regularly ask our audience to engage with our content and send us claims they want to be fact-checked, either through our social media channels or via email. "

There is also a "Got a claim for us to fact-check?" block on the right-hand side of all pages on the website. It has a "Contact Us" link that leads to a page with contact details and links to Dubawa's pages on various social media platforms, and email, through which users can also make contact. https://bit.ly/3yMh17f n

It also spells out how claims are selected, and the criteria for fact-checks. See here: https://bit.ly/3zd2kLU 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's correction policy can be found herehttps://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/

Dubawa corrects and updates, where necessary, where fresh evidence emerges that significantly changes the verdict of a report. In such instances, explanations are offered and the correction is published on the website as well as on our social media pages. 

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's correction policy is accessed via the "About" tab on the main navigation bar on all pages on the site: https://bit.ly/3czMkus 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's correction policy can be found here: https://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/


Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Criteria met

From Dubawa's Correction Policy: https://bit.ly/3OA4Ekx 

"Content creators and publishers should promptly make amendments to an article which has been found false or misleading. If the rating is in dispute, the publisher should contact us and request a review of the evaluation. We will access the integrity of the content based on information provided and available at the time of publication. Peradventure, a third party or we discover that we made a mistake, we will promptly clarify, correct, or update the story. In the spirit of transparency, we will offer explanations on what warranted the change, why we made it, and when we corrected said article."


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the recent past, we have had to correct some copies due to new evidence provided by complainants. For instance, during the live fact-check of the Anambra election debate in 2021, we had to retract an earlier published fact-check when new facts emerged. The new article was given equal prominence on our website and social media pages and we reached the claimant to apologise.

Link here: https://dubawa.org/correction-abati-right-on-anambra-unemployment-rate/

A tweet which incorrectly stated the number of registered voters in The Gambia was also duly corrected: https://twitter.com/DubawaGM/status/1467208101526974469

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa has supplied two examples of corrections.

1) During a live fact-check of the Anambra election debate in 2021, Dubawa retracted an earlier published fact-check after new facts emerged. The new article was prominently flagged as a "CORRECTION" and was published on Dubawa's website and social media pages. They also contacted the "claimant" to apologise. See: https://bit.ly/3b0Mef8 

2) A tweet that incorrectly stated the number of registered voters in The Gambia was also corrected: See: https://twitter.com/DubawaGM/status/1467208101526974469 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Users who believe Dubawa has or is violating the IFCN code are provided information on where to lodge their complaints or report. Here is the link to the information: https://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Users dissatisfied with Dubawa's response to a complaint are provided with a link to report this to IFCN. See here:  https://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
25-May-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's parent body, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), does not have a corrections policy. However, Dubawa's can be found here: https://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/

Raymond Joseph Assessor
17-Jul-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Dubawa's parent body, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), does not have a corrections policy. See Dubawa's policy here: https://dubawa.org/about-us/corrections-policy/


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Raymond Joseph.