Raskrinkavanje.me

Organization: Raskrinkavanje.me
Applicant: Tijana Velimirović
Assessor: Milica Šarić

Background

Raskrinkavanje is a fact-checking website from Montenegro.

Assessment Conclusion

Majority of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.

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

on 30-Jun-2021 (2 months ago)

Milica Šarić assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Aplikacija je odobrena.

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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 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-raskrinkavanju-me.

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/.

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

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Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

Fact-checking work on our platform started in September 2018, with the goal to fight against disinformation in Montenegro and the Balkan region.

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

We have eight people who work on our fact-checking project. Four of them are investigative journalists, one editor in chief, one coordinator of the fact-checking projects, and two expert analysts working on analytical documents and research.

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

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. We are fighting against misinformation and propaganda. We believe that the notion that "the media should not be trusted" is wrong and dangerous, as well as the uncritical acceptance of everything that can be heard, seen, and read in the media and that any misinformation, regardless of the source and source of the media. transmitted, detrimental to democracy and society as a whole. Therefore, we analyze media content and publications on social networks in the field of international and regional politics, human rights and democracy, which are suspected to contain incorrect information, misinformation, false news, or other forms of manipulation.

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

We will continue to thoroughly check suspicious information and its sources through compliance with the methodology we have developed and which provides us with a basis for assessing media content of questionable credibility. 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. Our focus in the previous period was on the fake news regarding the 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

The unit was set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
In the period of the last six months Raskrinkavanje.me published 175 articles debunking disinformation – whether in media outlets or in social media accounts (minimum 5 debunked articles per week) all our analyses can be found here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/raskrinkano/ 
Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Six months prior to the date of application (June-November) the applicant has published an average of 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.

Raskrinkavanje.me
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

All our fact checks can be found here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/raskrinkano/  . We cover all topics that are related to international and regional policies, human rights and democracy, which are suspected of containing inaccurate information, misinformation, false news or other forms of manipulation that are, or can be a matter of public interest. Due to the importance of the topic, most of the fact check in the previous three months were related to some form of fake news about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

At least 83% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.

Almost half of all fact checks in the analysed 6 months work were about coronavirus, and 8% of all fact checks were directly connected to the elections.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

There is no financial relationship that our organization has with 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 an election monitoring organization and member of GNDEM, also maintains strict non-partisanship. https://gndem.org/declaration-of-global-principles/

In the previous year CDT was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the amount of $24,000 for the project Fostering improved media standards; Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) in the amount of $23,080 for the project Combating the coronavirus infodemic in Montenegro and International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) for the project Combating COVID19 infodemic in Montenegro in the amount of $39,840

Donors have no influence on our work. 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the 6 months (June-November) analysis of the applicant's work, the applicant's editorial output is not controlled by the state, a political party or 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Our organization is completely neutral and our funders have no contribution to 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. 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. We always provide links to all sources in our debunk articles so that everyone can, at any time, check for themselves the credibility of our words.

All information about funding you can see on our website on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/finansiranje/

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a statement on its site ensuring readers its funders do not influence its reports and editorial policy.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Raskrinkavanje covers a 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 on 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 has big outreach, that is 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 posts/articles.

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. The 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/crkvena-zvona-ne-uticu-na-koronavirus (In4s, news-portal, anti-Western, pro-opposition)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/vanredne-okolnosti-zahtijevaju-vanrednu-paznju (Vijesti, Daily, pro-Western, pro-opposition)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/nije-pravo-naoruzanje-fotografija-stara-vise-od-godinu (Antena M, news portal, pro-Government)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/teorije-zavjere-sa-javnog-servisa (RTCG, the public broadcaster, pro-Government)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/iskrivljena-interpretacija-podataka-u-strategiji-ne-pise-da-se-abortusi-vrse-zbog-odabira-pola (Dan, Daily, pro-opposition)

Dealing with internal political issues is not among our priorities. Still, 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/u-pozdravu-nakon-emisije-nema-niceg-zakulisnog-i-senzacionalnog (target: Predrag Bošković, then Minister of Defense and Nevenka Ćirović, a politician from Democrats Party)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/poslanik-nebojsa-medojevic-ne-gradi-zgradu-u-tivtu (target: Nebojsa Medojevic, a politician from Democratic Front)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/selektivno-prenosenje-stavova-filipa-adzica (target: Filip Adzic, a politician from URA)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/neprihvatljivo-je-svako-spekulisanje-o-zdravlju-gradana (target: Zdravko Krivokapic, Prime minister-designate)

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/lazne-objave-o-dukanovicevom-zdravstvenom-stanju (target: Milo Đukanović, President of Montenegro).

All our analysis are on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/raskrinkano/ 

Attached you can find an excel sheet with all of them and the topics they cover. 

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Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the 6 months analysis and sample of previous work (including examples given by the applicant), it is certain the applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 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 – in these terms we made a TV campaign in spring when infodemic started to spread worldwide. One example is on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDWHkXwM4w

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 affects citizens.

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

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 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 short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.

It gives priority to public interest topics.

It is also evident the applicant's fact-checking focus is not on the internal political issues.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the assessed, the applicant did not have a need to disclose in its fact checks 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
We maintain a strong non-partisanship policy, including restrictions on staff political activity, and carefully recruiting staff sensitive to these issues. Our non-partisanship policy, including its application on staffing, can be found on these links: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/ and https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/Impressum 
Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Based on the assessed fact checks, 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.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. Sometimes in the fact checks the applicant uses print screens instead of links.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the assessed fact checks, the applicant does seem to check 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.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Based on the assessed, the applicant did not have a need to disclose in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is a fact-checking project developed by the 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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Raskrinkavanje.me
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Raskrinkavanje.me is a fact-checking project developed by the 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-raskrinkavanju-me

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

 Information on funding through the Facebook program is posted on our website under the section ''Financing''. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/finansiranje/ 


Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is a fact-checking project developed by the parent organization (NGO).

The applicant has on its site details of each source of funding (over 5,000 USD) for 2020.

However it also states that in the each year's end it will publish information on funding through the Facebook program, and it has not done it yet.


cancel 4.1 marked as Request change by Milica Šarić.
Milica Šarić Assessor
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago)

The applicant is a fact-checking project developed by the parent organization (NGO).

The applicant has on its site details of each source of funding (over 5,000 USD) for 2020.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

CDT, as the founder of Raskrinkavanje, respects all standards of transparency of the work of non-governmental organizations, publishes detailed program and financial annual reports. In addition to publishing annual work reports, we also publish all current projects, amounts of funds, and donors in order to achieve full standards of transparency of NGO work. Year after year, Transparify rates our transparency with five stars, which means that we are among the most transparent research centers in the world. More information on the link: https://www.cdtmn.org/nasa-transparentnost/

Findings for Raskrinkavanje are available for viewing here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/ 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Applicants is a fact-checking website of a parent organization, which is made clear on the applicant's site.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

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

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago
Names and biographies of our journalists, editors, and staff that work on the Raskrinkavanje project is on this link: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/Impressum 
Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

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

Our readers can contact us and share suspicious articles via the online form on our website here:  https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/ 

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

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

We also occasionally organize media campaigns to engage readers and encourage them to report suspicious news to us, such as one we had in April 2020 https://www.vijesti.me/vijesti/drustvo/430405/sprijecimo-obmane-i-manipulacije.  

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant publishes on its website a very thorough 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Half of all the applicant's fact check during a 6 months period was about coronavirus, which is important in the matter of reach and importance of the claims. The applicant does not focus on the internal political issues and had few fact checks (8% of total) about state elections.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 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.


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
04-Jan-2021 (8 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the assessed fact checks, there is no evidence the applicant contacted those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, as it was already checked through 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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 3 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.  

Raskrinkavanje.me
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 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 social network users 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's 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.  

The link towards the Methodology section is added to the 'Submit the article' page, with an explanation to readers, and call to them to visit methodology page so they can be more familiar with the way we give our marks. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/ 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check via page on its site: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/.

To be completely transparent on this page they added link toward methodology (https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija).

Please also add a sentence as an explainer. Readers should know to consult the methodology page to find out what is legit to expect will be fact-checked.


cancel 5.6 marked as Request change by Milica Šarić.
Milica Šarić Assessor
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check via page on its site: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/prijavite-clanak/.

To be completely transparent on this page they added link toward methodology (https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/metodologija).


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

If it is determined that we have misjudged the media report and/or based the margin on misinformation, we will publicly acknowledge the 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 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/facebook-program   

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a clear corrections policy on fact checks that is easily visible and accessible on the applicant’s 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
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The policy sets out clear definitions of what it covers, and how mistakes are handled.

It has no part stating some complaints may justify no response.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

We continue to adhere to our corrections policy at all times by encouraging feedback or inquiry 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. Our corrections policy https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/ offers more details to this.

Corrections that we made in the previous year were mostly caused by the reaction of the evaluated media outlet after their dement on the wrote article. Here are a few examples:

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/koronavirus-nije-vratio-delfine-u-veneciju - claim that the water in the canals of Venice is clean since navigation has been suspended, so now they are managed by various species of fish, but also by many dolphins. Dolphins have been spotted both in the harbor and in the city itself. The media outlet corrected these claims after our debunking, and we added their denial in our analysis.

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/nije-bilo-udara-na-podgoricu - claim that there was an attack on the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica. This claim was corrected after our debunking, and we added their denial in our analysis.

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/lazi-o-hrvatskim-huliganima-i-neredima-u-crnoj-gori - claim that hooligans from Croatia arrive in groups to make chaos on Montenegrin protests. This claim was corrected after our debunking and we added the correction to our analysis.

https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/centralna-banka-nije-sakrila-podatke-o-platnom-prometu-i-kamatama - article which we edit after we published it, which is visible on the bottom of the text, with the information we didn’t put the first time. 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the one relevant example the applicant provided (https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/analiza/centralna-banka-nije-sakrila-podatke-o-platnom-prometu-i-kamatama), the applicant made a correction openly and transparently.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 2 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/

Raskrinkavanje.me
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Information about complaints regarding the IFCN Code can be found in the section "About Us" section here: https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-raskrinkavanju-me  


The link to the Code of Principles was also added to the page. https://www.raskrinkavanje.me/o-nama/ 

Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant 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.

However, it is not clear in what cases the users should approach IFCN, which is why the applicant should also put a link to the Code of Principles.


cancel 6.4 marked as Request change by Milica Šarić.
Milica Šarić Assessor
25-Jun-2021 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant 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 and a link to the Code of Principles.


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
09-Dec-2020 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago
Not applicable (we are a project of an NGO, not a media company). 
Milica Šarić Assessor
04-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

N/A.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Milica Šarić.