South Asia Check

Organization: South Asia Check
Applicant: Deepak Adhikari
Assessor: Dharma Adhikari

Background

South Asia Check is a bilingual fact check initiative from Nepal, and the country’s only verified signatory of the IFCN Code of Principles. This assessment reviewed their works both in the Nepali and English languages. 

Assessment Conclusion

This is my third consecutive time assessing South Asia Check, and it is apparent that their fact checks have become more frequent, and that the level of their compliance has been increasing steadily over the years. Their works this past year overall comply with the IFCN code of principles. I recommend that their application for renewal be approved.
on 11-Feb-2022 (4 months ago)

Dharma Adhikari assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

साउथ एशिया चेकका हालसालैका तथ्य जाँच कार्यहरुको मूल्यांकन गर्दा उसका गतिविधिले समग्रमा आईएफसीएनको आचार संहिता पालन गरेको देखिन्छ। आचार संहिता अनुपालनको उसको स्तरमा बितेका बर्षहरुमा क्रमिक अभिवृद्धि भएको पनि पाइन्छ ।

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The information about our organization's legal status is included on our "About Us" page http://southasiacheck.org/about/ We have also included the latest renewal letter of our organization from the government.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant's "About Us" page describes the organization as "independent, non-partisan, non-profit initiative." It has also attached a document from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal. The document shows that Panos South Asia, the applicant's parent organization, remains in valid legal status. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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?

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. South Asia Check was launched in July 2015 as a completely new concept in Nepal. We felt the need for the initiative because Nepal was in the process of writing a new constitution and there was lots of misinformation going around in the media especially the politicians were responsible for such misinformation. 

2 and 3. The "About Us" page provides the details http://southasiacheck.org/about/

4. Over the last year, we have tackled misinformation especially that spread through social media platforms around breaking news events involving accidents and natural disasters. Misinformation around Covid-19 pandemic was also one of our key areas. While we will continue to fact-check these issues, for the next year, our goal is to focus on emerging platforms such as TikTok. We will publish more explainers to provide accurate information to the public on issues that matter to them. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The contents and topics covered by South Asia Check on its website focus on fact-checking. The applicant is a pioneering fact-checking organization in Nepal.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

During the past one year, between January 1, 2021 and today, November 25, 2021, we have published a total of 27 fact-check reports. In cases where we haven't been able to publish fact-checks due to lack of evidence, we have covered them as explainers. When Nepal's social media users shared photos of a herb in May claiming it was a medicine for Covid-19, we published an explainer http://southasiacheck.org/in-public-interest/read-this-before-opting-for-alternative-remedies-for-covid-19/   We also published an explainer about risk of Covid death for fully vaccinated people (in Nepali) http://southasiacheck.org/np/?p=7807  We also reported about coronagaurd, marketed in Nepal as a device that could kill coronavirus in enclosed spaces (in Nepali) http://southasiacheck.org/np/?p=7549

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Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The archives of the applicant's website shows that over the course of six months prior to the date of application (Nov 2, 2021), the applicant published 16 fact-checks in both English and Nepali languages, 6 posts (5 in Nepali and 1 in English) under "In Public Interest", and 2 posts (both in English and Nepali) under "Media" (reports on anonymous sourcing practices), and 1 post in Nepali under "Promise Tracker", among others. Although the applicant published fewer than the required minimum number (24) of fact-checks for the period, the other posts under different categories, which involved verification of fact or tracking some aspects of public-interest issues, do help to make up for the fewer number of fact-checks per se.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

This assessor's analysis of published fact-checks over the past three months shows that the applicant has, overall, complied with the IFCN code of principle emphasizing public welfare or well-being. For instance, fact-checks and other related posts during this period involved verifying disinformation concerning floods in the country, COVID-19-related rumors, contextually erroneous viral photos of the former king and queen, a former prime minister's factually inaccurate and insensitive characterization of a certain tribe from Africa, and a false claim (dismissing the legal obligation to hold party general convention) by a joint-general secretary of a major political party, among others. These posts have implications for public interest by way of holding powers to account.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

South Asia Check and its parent organisation Panos South Asia do not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship to the state, politicians or political parties. We have not received any funding or support from foreign as well as local state or political actors. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As disclosed in its website, the applicant is politically independent, and it doesn't receive funding from state or political actors -- foreign or local. It appears compliant with this criterion.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

While we don't receive funding from local or foreign state or political sources, we have received funding from US-based organisations including National Endowment for Democracy and Open Society Foundation. Please go to our About Us page and click on the tab Funders, where we have presented details on the funding. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has identified its funders here http://southasiacheck.org/about/ and they include non-state actors generally considered to be politically non-partisan. Based on this disclosure, it can be said that the organization does not receive funding from local or foreign state or political sources.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/pm-oli-made-some-misleading-claims-in-upper-house/

2. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/writer-wagle-grossly-misquoted-in-viral-meme/

3. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/shashank-koirala-significantly-understates-nepals-arable-land-area/

4. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/tiktok-user-trimmed-video-to-show-dahal-in-a-bad-light/

5. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/oli-wrongly-refers-to-little-people-of-africa-as-lilliput/

6. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/birtamod-mayors-misleading-remedies-for-covid-19-and-false-claims-fact-checked/

7. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/political-commentator-falsely-claims-nepal-postage-stamp-issued-in-1958-had-a-pointy-map/

8. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/leftist-politician-falsely-claims-former-oli-government-couldnt-bring-covid-19-vaccine/

9. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/congress-leader-mahat-wrongly-claims-parties-have-only-moral-obligation-but-no-legal-compulsion-to-hold-general-convention-on-time/

10. http://southasiacheck.org/fact-check/old-photos-of-former-king-and-queen-circulating-with-false-claims/

We rely on primary sources (both publicly available documents and human sources) to verify and fact-check claims. The primary sources range from statements from top government officials, digital outlets and newspapers, lawmakers of opposition parties and social media platforms. We apply same standards and rigor to each fact-check. We don't rate our fact-checks, but make sure that we give a verdict such as false, misleading or baseless at the end of our report. 

All the reports including the fact-check reports published on our website are prepared by team members, who strictly abide by our code of conduct (http://southasiacheck.org/about/) and follow all the necessary process to demonstrate our non-partisanship. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant appears uniform in its standards for its use of evidence regardless of who made the claim. Many of the fact-checks by the applicant involved checking multiple sources, mostly online (and occasionally, offline, too). Fact-checks concerned misleading photos or video clips, misleading remarks or false claims by social media users, public officials or political leaders on certain public interest or socially or politically sensitive topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and related health or safety issues.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please go to https://southasiacheck.org/about/ and click the tabs "What to fact-check and what not to fact-check" and "Code of conduct for Fact-checking team."

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has explained its process of selecting claims to check (See "About Us" page, under the tabs "What to fact-check and what not to fact-check" and "Code of conduct for Fact-checking team"). An assessment of its fact-checks in the last six months shows that the applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Generally, the applicant identified the sources, which, sometimes, helped to imply certain interests. Examples of identifiers included: ‘a British newspaper,’ ‘one of the leading Indian newspapers,’ ‘a news website,’ ‘a former secretary at the …, who has more than … followers on Facebook,’ ‘state-owned,’ ‘A Facebook page titled ‘…,’ which has been liked by … users,’ ‘a state entity,’ ‘the president of …, an Indian business conglomerate,’ ‘a journal published by…,’ ‘an Indian business conglomerate,’ ‘a senior telecommunications engineer at …,’ ‘the owner of …,’ ‘a resident doctor at Kathmandu-based…’ Some of these examples hinted at governmental or commercial interests. However, most of the sources the applicant cited in terms of the claims it checked included social media users, simply identified as ‘a Facebook page titled,’ ‘a Twitter user with the handle….’ ‘a TikTok user @.....’ ‘a YouTube video,’ etc., often hyperlinked to the respective accounts. In citing individual news websites, the applicant could have defined their political or commercial interests more specifically.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has done fact-checks for misleading or false claims on a variety of topical issues reflecting different sides of the political continuum, issues as they emerged in news or social media platforms and issues that potentially had implications for public debate. As far as I can tell, the posts reflected no pattern of politically partisan or ideological slants or leanings.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please go to http://southasiacheck.org/about/ and click the tab "Code of conduct for Fact-checking team."

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a statement clarifying its non-partisanship. Its code of conduct bars staff from being members of political parties and political party-affiliated bodies or professional unions. Part of the code reads: "All care must be taken to avoid being seen as prejudiced, biased or carrying an agenda to defame or harm or discriminate against a person or organization."


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
The applicant has identified the sources of evidence it used in most of the fact checks done and published, often providing links/hyperlinks to relevant primary or secondary documents. None of the fact checks seemed to involve situations requiring to keep a source anonymous for safety reasons.

done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Primary sources were a regular feature in most of the fact checks done by the applicant. Most primary sources cited included texts, photograph, or video clips involving original claims, such as social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube (official accounts, when available) and sometimes articles in news websites or newspapers online. Original documents or texts such as the Constitution, pages from a book (“Nepal Postage Stamp Catalogue 1881-2015”) were also used. Secondary sources mostly included newspaper articles, news wire services, broadcast outlets, academic journals, online encyclopedia, etc. Fact checks generally traced the original evidence, often supplemented by multiple secondary sources.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Most claims were checked against more than one named source of evidence, assessing the veracity of the fact as well as explaining the context of the fact. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Compliant, as in criteria 2.3.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

South Asia Check is a unit of parent organization Panos South Asia. On the top right corner of our website, we have mentioned that it is an initiative of Panos South Asia http://southasiacheck.org

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Compliant. The applicant has a page detailing the sources of funding during the past several years. It identifies its parent organization, Panos South Asia, as “a non-profit media development organization."


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
South Asia Check is a unit of parent organization Panos South Asia. On the top right corner of our website, we have mentioned that it is an initiative of Panos South Asia http://southasiacheck.org
Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria. Its tagline, "An Initiative of Panos South Asia", which is placed on the top-right corner of the website, clearly identifies its parent organization. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please go to http://southasiacheck.org/about/ and click the tab "Our team."

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria. Its "About Us" page, under "Our Team" tab, specifies the editorial structure and staff roles. 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Please go to http://southasiacheck.org/about/ and click the tab "Our team." In addition to this, we have added a paragraph (second) on "What to fact-check and what not to fact-check" tab, where we make clear the editorial process and who controls it.
Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please click a "Contact us" tab on the horizontal bar just below the South Asia Check logo on the main page http://southasiacheck.org

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please go to the "About us" http://southasiacheck.org/ on the main page and click the tab "What to fact-check and what not to fact-check."

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As published on its "About Us" page (under a separate tab), the applicant has a three-step methodology: verifying sources, assessing veracity of a claims/statements against evidences, and, finally, drafting, reviewing and finalizing of the report. It also encourages users' participation in the process. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Most claims the applicant checked included viral textual or visual posts that had the potential to misinform/disinform people on matters of public interest and well-being, particularly relating to health/pandemic situation, and to politically sensitive territorial issues. Generally, the applicant did not explain the reason for choosing the claim to check. However, they often offered a background to a claim, described the context, and cited the potential impact of disinformation, thus implying the reason for choosing the claim to check. Some examples of information used to set the context included: “Claim made in the context of the immediate past government issuing a new map of Nepal last year by including Kalapani,” “devastating Melamchi floods,” “in the wake of a government decision to export sand, stones,” etc.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

My assessment of a randomized sample of fact checks showed that the applicant has consistently used relevant evidences.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant appears compliant with this criteria, as with criteria 2.1 above. Some fact checks in the past six months, particularly on COVID-19 alternative remedies, involved taking into consideration the range of evidence in support of or against a claim. For example, the applicant reported that their research found no evidence that the so-called home remedy helps to increase the blood oxygen level, although they said camphor, cloves, carom seeds, etc. offer respiratory advantages.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In a case involving a photograph, the applicant contacted the photographer who took the said picture. At least five other fact checks (mostly involving cases of COVID-19 disinformation) in the past six months included first-hand interviews by the applicant with relevant sources and experts to help further clarify facts.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We have a "Request a Fact Check" section on the main page of http://southasiacheck.org/. Users need to click "Suggest us a fact-check" button and submit their requests. Also, the "About us" section has a tab "What to fact-check and what not to fact-check?" which details what readers/users should expect of us. 

We also occasionally ask users to send us request for fact-check. We receive request to fact-check via social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
The applicant encourages readers and users to submit fact-check requests. It provides a HTML submission form on its homepage for users to input details of their fact-check requests. Under its correction policy, it also specifies the types of fact-checks it does.

done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please go to our "About us" section (http://southasiacheck.org/about/) which contains a "Corrections policy" tab explaining how we make corrections. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a clearly stated correction policy. It corrects factual errors, prominently highlighting the correction in the beginning of the article, by updating the post. It has the policy of refraining from fact-checking opinions or value judgments as well as claims that cannot be verified due to lack of publicly available documents.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

No correction request was received over the past year. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant's website (see "About Us" page) specifies its correction policy. However, no correction requests were made in the past year, as reported by the applicant, and no instances of corrections were posted regarding fact-checks during the period.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

At the bottom of our main page, we have provided links so that users can make complaints if we violate the IFCN Code. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.

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.

South Asia Check
08-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We are not a fact-checking unit of a media company. So, this doesn't apply to us. 

Dharma Adhikari Assessor
08-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant complies with this criteria. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Dharma Adhikari.