Raskrinkavanje.me

Organization: Raskrinkavanje.me
Applicant: Milica Kovačević
Assessor: Milica Šarić

Background

Raskrinkavanje is a fact-checking platform from Montenegro.

Assessment Conclusion

The application is significantly better than last year. Raskrinkavanje.me continues to raise its standards in fact-checking while opposing media manipulation and increasing the quality of media content and media literacy.

However, there is still one section on the applicant's website that concerns me.

On a page called "bez komentara" (no comment) the applicant republishes malicious comments from other websites. Those comments contain hate speech and inappropriate behavior, many of which are highly chauvinistic, misogynistic, etc. Although the applicant has the best intention (as it explains, the purpose is to show "what can and should not be read in the comments section on different portals. The goal of this section is to hold the media accountable for moderating comments.") it is questionable whether it serves the purpose.

Republishing inappropriate comments without fact-checking them doesn't seem like something we should be proud of...

on 09-Sep-2022 (4 months ago)

Milica Šarić assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Aplikacija je značajno bolja u odnosu na prošlu godinu. Raskrinkavanje.me nastavlja da podiže svoje standarde u proveri činjenica i brani crnogorsko društvo od medijskih manipulacija, podiže kvalitet medijskog sadržaja i medijske pismenosti.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is a fact-checking project developed by Center for Democratic Transition (CDT). Raskrinkavanje is a distinct team within the organization, with its own organizational and editorial structure, focused solely on fact-checking. 

More on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/ and https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum/

CDT is a legal entity registered in the register of NGOs in Montenegro. More information about the CDT is available at https://en.cdtmn.org/our-organization/

Documents regarding registration and legal representation as well as the Statute of the CDT are available on the same link.


Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Raskrinkavanje is a distinct unit within a legally registered organization. Details of this are easily found on its website.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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?

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1) Fact checking work on our platform started in September 2018, with the goal to oppose media manipulation, increase the quality of media content, media literacy of readers and respect for professional standards on the media scene.

2) We currently have 8 staff who are constantly working on Raskrinkavanje.me. Raskrinkavanje.me has editor-in-chief and a project coordinator (manager), four journalists / researchers and two people doing more complex research, analysis and publications. In addition, we hire 4 more external associates, who occasionally contribute to our research work.

3) Raskrinkavanje.me researches and publishes fact-checks. In addition to the evaluations of individual media publications, we periodically prepare summary analyses of the situation regarding media manipulations in the areas of international and regional policies, human rights and democracy, which are suspected of containing inaccurate information, misinformation, false news or other forms of manipulation. We also provide trainings in fact-checking and media literacy. Publisher of Raskrinkavanje, CDT, as an advocacy NGO engages in advocacy for better media environment, legislation and policies to counter disinformation etc.  etc.

4) Our primary goals are counteracting media manipulations, increasing the quality of media content, media literacy of readers and respecting professional standards on the media scene. Our focus in the previous period was on the fake news regarding pandemic of coronavirus, and it will stay one of the main topics as long as it is the topic of conspiracy theories and fake news.  

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The unit is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking, with the goal to oppose media manipulation and increase the quality of media content and media literacy.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In the period of the last six months Raskrinkavanje.me published at least 300 articles debunking disinformation (at least 10 debunks per week). All our debunks can be found here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/raskrinkano/ 

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Six months prior to the date of application, the applicant has published an average of 11.9 fact-checks a week, i.e. 1.7 fact-checks a day, which is a significant increase compared to the last year (one fact-check a day).


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

On average, at least 96% 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. Fact-checks are mainly around topics of the war in Ukraine (with a special focus on the impact that war has / can have in the region), the coronavirus, and topics related to national intolerance and tensions, political topics, and similar.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

There is no financial, commercial or institutional relationship between our organization and any politician or political party. We are maintaining good communication with politicians or political parties for the sake of good analyses with the answers we are getting from them for our stories. 

CDT, founder of Raskrinkavanje, being election monitoring organization and member of GNDEM, also maintains strict non-partisanship. https://gndem.org/declaration-of-global-principles/. CDT is maintaining professional relations with all political parties, and vas majority of the political spectrum perceive it as a non-biased organization.  

Raskrinkavanje.me was funded in 2021 through the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) in the amount of $ 39,998 for the project Combating the coronavirus and postcovid infodemic in Montenegro. We also received support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the amount of $ 24,000 for the Fostering improved media standards project. Through Facebook's fact-checking program, we earned € 128,481.48 net for the previous calendar year. None of these sources is a state or political actor.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party, or a politician.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Our organization is completely neutral and our funders have no influence our editorial content or decision making. Our safeguards at every level of our organization ensure our neutrality. We have very strong restrictions on staff political activity, fundraising safeguards, conflict of interest policy, feedback processes, external reviews, and more. 

First, when choosing the claims that we analyze, the funders or any external actors have no say because Rakrinkavanje analyzes articles and publications that are in the public interest. Raskrinkavanje does not analyze private posts on social networks and posts that are not in the public interest, and this is clearly defined by our methodology available here https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija/.

We always provide links to all sources in our debunk articles so that everyone can, at anytime, check for themselves credibility of our analyses. Ultimately, it is for our audience to judge for themselves whether we succeed—we would encourage readers to judge our individual fact checks and our body of work as a whole.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant does not receive funding from state or political sources at the moment. However, the applicant does provide a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, that it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Raskrinkavanje covers wide range of topics, international and regional politics, human rights and democracy, as well as publications of special public importance. In the previous year majority of our work and focus was to the infodemic (coronavirus pandemic influenced fake news).

In our selection of articles for analysis, we do not target any media, we target news. News from media outlets, TV stations, or social networks such as Facebook profiles. We are looking into suspicious news that have big outreach, that are viral on social media. Only after the fact-checking is done, we look for all media that published the false information. Covering these topics in our analysis we use rankings from clickbait to Fake news to mark selected post/article.

Raskrinkavanje has the same, non-partisan approach to all issues covered in our analysis. In the previous year we covered topics that involved, or had as a topic, various politicians from different parties. Approach in all the analysis is always the same, sources are visible in all of them, and given to readers to access.

We do not discriminate against the media in relation to editorial policy, and treat disinformation equally, whether it is published in pro-Western or anti-Western, pro-government or pro-opposition media. As we do not monitor any individual media, but the entirety of (dis)information space, you will notice that most of our articles actually refer to more than one outlet. Examples: 

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/u-zvanicne-posjete-crnoj-gori-dolazili-su-brojni-srpski-zvanicnici/ (RTCG, public broadcaster, pro-Government)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/blagoslov-za-sotonu-viralno-i-netacno/ (CDM, Portal Analitika, Aktuelno, AntenaM, pro-Western, pro-opposition)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/falsifikat-gardijan-nije-priznao-ukrajinsku-krivicu-za-bucu/ (In4s, pro-Serbian, pro-Russian)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analize/hronologija-dezinformisanja-slucaj-molotovljevog-koktela/ (Vijesti, pro-Western, pro-Government)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/rusko-ministarstvo-nije-namontiralo-grb-crne-gore-u-navaljnijev-film/ (Pobjeda, pro-Western, pro-opposition)

When we deal with misinformation targeting political figures or parties, we treat public officials, representatives of ruling and opposition parties in the same way. Examples: 

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/boskovic-nije-govorio-o-slanju-vojske-na-istocni-front-vec-u-sastav-snaga-nato/ (target: Predrag Bošković, MP, DPS)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/abazovic-nije-predlozio-zabranu-nepodobnih-medija/ (target: Dritan Abazović, the then Deputy Prime Minister, URA)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/draginja-na-meti-losih-fora-i-manipulacija/ (target: Draginja Vuksanović Stanković. MP, SDP)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/haos-na-balkanu-i-sta-premijer-albanije-nije-rekao/ (target: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/cankov-satiricni-govor-predstavili-kao-nacionalisticki-ispad/ (target: Nenad Čanak, MP from Serbia)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/zasto-je-aleksandar-vulin-u-crnoj-gori/ (target: Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Defence of Serbia)

All our debunks are available at https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analize/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgment for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The platform monitors texts published in online media, social networks as well as print media and major news television shows in Montenegro. Our team of journalists and researchers read and analyze media and content on social networks on a daily basis, with a special focus on viral publications whose accuracy is questionable. We follow the announcements and texts, through which we reach the media, whose list is updated daily on our site. Suspicious news is also reported to us by citizens - they have the opportunity to do so on our website as well as through our communication channels (Facebook and Twitter profile of Raskrinkavanje).

We tend to from time to time conduct campaigns inviting citizens to report to us any news they find suspicious.

As of August 2020, Raskrinkavanje is Facebook’s partner for Montenegro, as part of their Third Party Fact-Checking program. Facebook users are now enabled to report content that they suspect is fake directly through that network - tagged content enters the system to which Raskrinkavanje has direct access. Through this we also receive many anonymized reports from users, which supports greatly our mission to debunk false information that affect citizens.

More about our methodology read here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija 

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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 statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the assessed sample of work, the applicant did not face a need to disclose relevant interests of the sources it quotes nor to disclose any commercial or other such relationships it has.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is not 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.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Nonpartisanship as a policy is strictly prescribed primarily in the acts of the founder of Raskrinkavanje.me, the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT). The statute stipulates that a member of the CDT can only be a person who is not party-affiliated in any way and is politically neutral in all activities, refraining from public support to any candidate, political party, group, movement or other association that participates in elections or referendums (https://www.cdtmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Statut-CDT-a-CG.pdf). These rules also apply to Raskrinkavanje employees, and are strictly applied in the recruitment and selection process.

Raskrinkavanje complies with the Code of Journalists of Montenegro and international standards of professional journalism. Our journalists and researchers must not be partisan or participate in any election or any other advocacy campaign that could cause a real or apparent conflict of interest.

Our non-partisanship policy, including its application on staffing, can be found on this link https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/. 

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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 does not get involved in advocacy or publicize their views on policy issues the applicant might fact-check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the applicant’s work as biased.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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 to the topic.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the assessed sample of work, the applicant did not face a need to disclose relevant interests of the sources it uses so the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is a fact-checking project developed by Center for Democratic Transition (CDT). CDT is a legal entity registered in the register of NGOs in Montenegro. More on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/

The scanned copy of the Decision on the Registration is in the attachment. 

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Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Raskrinkavanje is a distinct unit of a legally registered organization. Names of donors (sources of funding) and project values are published on the parent organization’s website.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Ownership is stated in the first sentence in About us section on Raskrinkavanje.me website https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Raskrinkavanje is a distinct unit of a legally registered organization, information of which can easily be found on the applicant’s website. Details of their funding are published on the parent organization’s website.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Information about Raskrinkavanje’s team is published in our Impressum on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum/  

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

A page on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear by whom editorial control is exercised.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Names and biographies of our journalists, editors and staff that work on Raskrinkavanje project is on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum                            

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure, play a significant part in its editorial output.



done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Contact information with email addresses and phone numbers where any interested user can contact us are stated in our Impressum section here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum/.

The section that invites readers to report an article is available in the main menu, which can already be seen on the front page. Section is on this link https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/

Readers also contact us often through other communication channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Those information are listed in our ‘Methodology’ section here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija/.  

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant provides easy means on its website and via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Raskrinkavanje platform aims to combat media misinformation, which we recognize in the growing trend of spreading inaccurate information presented as facts, placing false and unverified news, and various forms of violating the basic postulates of the journalistic profession that should ensure independent, objective and truthful information to the public. Our methodology is available here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija/                             

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research and publish its fact-checks.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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 when needed.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In a randomized sample of fact-checks, there was no obvious need for the applicant to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, as they already checked other available sources.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

There’s a dedicated page to invite readers to submit claims to fact-check on Rasrkinkavanje.me website. It is on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/.  

Apart from the website, our readers are sending us suspicious news on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or our email addresses that are also visible on the website here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/impressum/. 

In addition, all users of the social network Facebook are enabled to report content that they suspect is fake directly through that network - tagged content enters the system to which Raskrinkavanje has direct access. Facebook also has its own algorithm that suggests suspicious or problematic news.

Raskrinkavanje platform analyzes articles and publications that are in the public interest. Raskrinkavanje does not analyze private posts on social networks and posts that are not in the public interest. When selecting the publications we analyze, Raskrinkavanje gives priority to publications concerning international and regional policy, human rights and democracy, as well as publications of special public importance. This is explained in the Methodology section of our website (2. Izbor članaka) https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija/#1618314703202-1101449b-e18a.  

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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.



done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

If it is determined that we have misjudged the media report and / or based our rating on misinformation, we will publicly acknowledge mistake and correct it. The mistake is corrected by correcting the disputed part and / or grade in the original analysis, and a prominent note is added to the text of the analysis that the analysis was subsequently changed. Resolving complaints is usually done within one business day, unless additional verification is required which may take longer than that. It is explained here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/.

Also, our ratings of Facebook posts may be challenged by the publisher, or the publisher may correct inaccurate published information, in accordance with the Facebook rules and procedures. We answer on the complaints from the publisher no later than 24 hours after we got the complaint on the email address that is published on our website in part called ‘’Facebook program’’ Publisher can view how the correction for the Facebook marking can be made on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija/#1619444262199-739e863c-b75f

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a corrections policy that is easily visible and accessible on its website.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The corrections policy sets out a clear definition of how mistakes, including those requiring revised conclusions of a fact-check, are handled.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We continue to adhere to our corrections policy at all times by encouraging feedback or enquiry from users to all our fact-checks and making clear that there are channels where this can be done. At Raskrinkavanje, we believe that corrections are an effective tool for underpinning accountability and transparency.

During the previous year, we had no substantiated complaints about the accuracy of our articles, on the basis of which we would change our ratings. But we have had many cases in which the media approached us with a request to correct the ratings, after they themselves corrected their publications that we assessed to be untrue.

Regional portals published the claim that sharks were filmed on the Montenegrin coast. Raskrinkavanje contacted experts from the Montenegrin Institute of Marine Biology, who confirmed to us that these are not sharks but a harmless species of swordfish. Portal Republika corrected the wrong claims and addressed us, after which Raskrinkavanje noted the correction. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/mediji-opet-vide-ajkule-u-crnogorskom-moru/ 

Numerous Montenegrin portals reported a statement falsely attributed to the Russian Patriarch Kirill that Ukraine must be destroyed like the Nazi Reich. Portal Analitika contacted us with the information that, using the ethical standard of professional behavior of journalists, it denied the initial allegations. Raskrinkavanje.me noted this and published their correction. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/kiril-nije-rekao-da-ukrajinu-treba-unistiti-kao-nacisticki-rajh/ 

Portal Alo published the incorrect claim that the US embassy in Moscow projected the cover of Time magazine from the time of the NATO intervention in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia onto its walls. Raskrinkavanje.me received confirmation from the State Department that the embassy did not project that image, nor does the State Department have any information about it. Portal Alo corrected the incorrect statements, and we noted it in the article. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/ambasada-sad-u-moskvi-nije-projektovala-naslovnicu-tajma/ 


Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicants stated in the assessment that, in the previous year, it had no cases of a mistake worthy of correction (no one reported it). On the other hand, there were cases in which the media approached the applicant with a request to correct the ratings after they themselves corrected the publications (after being the object of fact-checks). The applicant did corrections fair while explaining them to users.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Information about complaints regarding the IFCN Code can be found in the section "About us" section here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant on its corrections page, where it also declares itself an IFCN signatory, informs users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.

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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
23-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Not applicable (we are a project of a NGO, not a media company). 

Milica Šarić Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

N/A

(The applicant is not the fact-checking unit of a media company.)


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.