Center for Democratic Transition

Organization: Raskrinkavanje.me
Applicant: Milica Bogdanović
Assessor: Ivana Jeremic
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

With all the edits made, I think Raskrinkavanje.me has improved their application and it's now ready to be one of the signatories. It's of great value that such organization exists in Montenegro and the fact it's a joint regional project means a lot in fighting disinformation and fake news. 


Conclusion and recommendations
on 17-Oct-2019 (1 month ago)

Ivana Jeremic wrote:

With all the edits made, I think Raskrinkavanje.me has improved their application and it's now ready to be one of the signatories. It's of great value that such organization exists in Montenegro and the fact it's a joint regional project means a lot in fighting disinformation and fake news. 

on 17-Oct-2019 (1 month ago)

Ivana Jeremic recommended Accept


on 10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

Ivana Jeremic wrote:

Raskrinkavanje.me is a partnership project by the Center for Democratic Transition and "Why not" who is also the founder of Raskrinkavanje.ba. First of all, the applicant shouldn't be the Center for Democratic Transition but Raskrinkavanje itself. They haven't been yet registered as an online media organization nor they have a strict policy on the prevention of political involvement. Their methodology is good, but it's basically copy/pasted from Raskrinkavanje.ba and is not always reflecting their writing. I believe that Raskrinkavanje.me has a lot of potentials and is of great value to have such fact-checking project in Montenegro. However, I believe that at this stage they are not ready to get the status of a signatory. Should they be willing to correct the flaws and improve their policy and free their articles of unnecessary comments, I think they would be a great member of IFCN.

on 10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

Ivana Jeremic recommended Reject


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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is a fact-checking project developed by Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), in the cooperation with the Civic Association "Why not" from Bosnia and Hercegovina. CDT is a legal entity registered in the register of NGOs in Montenegro.The scanned copy of the Decision on the Registration is in the attachment.

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Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

The applicant is a legally registered NGO in Montenegro and Raskrinkavanje.me is one of their projects exclusively set for fact-checking. Raskrinkavanje.me is a registered media outlet.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

During the six-month period, our team has analyzed at least 500 articles from around 200 local and regional media outlets. In this initial phase, until we further build capacities, we are monitoring media releases on international policy, defense and security since these are the topics that are the focus of CDT’s work through the Info Center on Euro-Atlantic Integration. In several cases, we have also been monitoring releases of regional media outlets that are very well read in Montenegro. By using our methodology, we have recognized a whole range of media manipulations ranging from “clickbaits” (the title promises content that is not in the article) as “the least serious violation", through disinformation, manipulation of facts, biased reporting, unverified media releases, conspiracy theories to “false news” as “the most serious violation” (media produce completely false information on their own and present it as a fact). 

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analize

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

Raskrinkavanje.me has published fact-checks at least once a week in the last three months. They monitor media releases on international policy, defence and security.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As we mentioned, through our methodology, we have recognized a whole range of media manipulations ranging from “clickbaits” (the title promises content that is not in the article) as “the least serious violation", through disinformation, manipulation of facts, biased reporting, unverified media releases, conspiracy theories to “false news” as “the most serious violation” (media produce completely false information on their own and present it as a fact). 

All analyzes are available at:

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analize

During the last six months, we have analyzed at least 500 articles from across 200 local and regional media outlets. Each article is copied and archived on the website and each media outlet has its profile with all available information https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/mediji

We are publishing a regular fact-checks and occasional topical analysis of media reporting. Having in mind that CDT is a think tank, we are preparing a periodical analysis based on Raskrinkavanje.me's fact-checks. Based on these analysis, Raskrinkavanje.me's team makes recommendations to institutions, media community and civil society for improving media environment. 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

Raskrinkavanje.me covers a variety of topics, but my impression is that they're missing to check articles and claims published in the mainstream and major Montenegrin and regional media. They cover specific topics with the intention to expand. It's yet to be seen how they will cover once they start monitoring wider topics.


done 2a marked as Partially compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) is a non-governmental organization that works to promote democracy embodied in an honest and accountable government, dynamic civil society and active and informed citizens, through developing and fostering public dialogue, training of political actors, advocacy, monitoring of institutions, processes and policies. CDT is member of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) and the Global Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (GNEMO). Nonpartisanship policy as a part of CDT's Statute is available at http://www.en.cdtmn.org/o-nama/akti/

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

The organization provided its Statute, and they have added a new section on the website where they explain it's prohibited for its employees to get involved in any political activities. 


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me's team use the same professional methods of journalism as journalists. Each fact-checked analysis has clearly identified sources and links to them wherever available. Also, we upload all relevant documents and photos and/or link to them in the analysis. Our fact checked analysises contain a clear explanation of how each information was obtained and how collected information affects the rating. During the analyzing a media content, our team use the following sources - official data and statistics, responses and data from official institutions, relevant media sources (articles, photos, videos etc.), official statements of relevant persons or institutions, researches of relevant institutions or individuals, experts' opinions,original research conducted by our team members etc. 

Our policy regarding sources is included in the methodology, published on the link below:

https://raskrinkavanje.ba/metodologija

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

Sources are provided for the most things in their analysis but sometimes the analysis also has conclusions that are not linked to the sources used for fact-checking. Also, the methodology they've provided is of another separate project and isn't available on their website.


done 3a marked as Partially compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

All information about our sources of funding are published under the subtitle "kako se finansiramo"

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-raskrinkavanje-me 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is founded by CDT and s is funded from the project of its partner NGO "Why Not" from Sarajevo. The details on money spendings are now available on their website.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

This is also list of the all authors behind our fact-checking project

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

The list of the team members along with their short biographies are listed on their website. In their edit of the initial application, they've added clear roles of all of their staff. 


done 4b marked as Partially compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago
Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

There is the official email which readers can use to reach the organization.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Our fact-checking work and detailed methodolody are presented at https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

The methodology provided on their website is a very good step-by-step explanation of how they approach and write fact-checks.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Our readers can submit claims to fact-check by using this online form: 

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/sugestija

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

There is a section where readers can submit a link to the problematic article and write a brief explanation.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Correction policy is available under the subtitles "ispravka netačnih navoda" https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-raskrinkavanje-me

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 1 month ago

Raskrinkavanje.me has a clear corrections policy available on their website.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Ivana Jeremic.

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

Raskrinkavanje.me
15-Jul-2019 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Our platform is lauched in November, 2018 and we haven't yet noticed any example of a correction made or correction requests. 

Ivana Jeremic Assessor
10-Aug-2019 (4 months ago)

The platform has been launched in November 2018 and there haven't been any corrections made in the meantime.


done 6b marked as Partially compliant by Ivana Jeremic.