Assessor: Ivana Jeremic
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
(2b) Nonpartisanship policy
The first comment in our application was about not having nonpartisanship policy on the website. We have published a policy concerning political activism into the "About" section of the website. Nonpartisanship policy can be found on the following link: https://raskrinkavanje.ba/o-raskrinkavanju
(5b) Claim submissions
The second comment was regarding the lack of a detailed explanation and guidance for readers on how fact-checkers will pick a suitable claim/media report. We have added an additional explanation for readers, on the same page where the claim submission form is located: https://raskrinkavanje.ba/sugestija
(4a) Funding Sources
Regarding the comments about financial information that we publish on our website, we want to stress several points:
The information published about "Raskrinkavanje" is the same as those that we publish for our other fact-checking web platform, "Istinomjer", which has so far been verified twice by the IFCN. The format, level of detail and visibility of this information on the website, for both "Istinomjer" and "Raskrinkavanje", has followed the comments previously received from IFCN in the verification process. Consequently, we think that the information we publish is sufficient to ensure the financial transparency of each of these projects and that it provides comprehensive information about their budgets and ways we are spending it. To that matter, we want to point out that several IFCN verified signatories disclose the same or less amount of information on their finances, particularly those established as projects of already existing legal entities (companies or organizations).
Moreover, our organization has several other projects besides these two fact-checking platforms, spanning across various portfolios (such as watch-dog, research, advocacy, activist-civic organizing and civic-sector coalition building) and addressing different target groups, goals and stakeholders. We keep these projects as separate and independent from each other as possible in order to preserve the impartiality of their respective methodologies and editorial policies. For the same reason, we brand each of these projects separately, focusing on their specific goals and areas, rather than keeping them all under "Zašto ne" website and "brand". This practice, which we have maintained since the beginning of our work, would be hampered by publishing "Zašto ne" documents on "Raskrinkavanje" website, or on outlets of our other projects. All this considered, we do not think that this recommendation received in the last review process would be a good approach for us.
Conclusion and recommendations
Ivana Jeremic wrote:
Raskrinkavanje has a lot of potentials, and their work so far has been very good and with a lot of impact among readers in Bosnia. If they follow instructions, without any problem they'd fulfill all the criteria and become one of the signatories. Mainly, I'd suggest making it easier for their readers to differentiate their work from the work of Zašto ne and their finances as well.