Tempo.co

Organization: Tempo.co
Applicant: Wahyu Dhyatmika
Assessor: Dominggus Elcid Li
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

Overall on Tempo: I have re-observed the website of Tempo.co, I think Tempo is now eligible as the fact checker. They have shown: (1) the archive for several years, (2) readers's direct access to Tempo, and (3) structure and short biography of the fact checkers.  


Conclusion and recommendations
on 05-Feb-2020 (3 months ago)

Dominggus Elcid Li wrote:

First, based on overall assessment on Tempo.co, this media organization could be accepted if only they have finished edited their work as criticized on all criterion (please check the detail, especially Criterion  1A, 3A, 4B, 4C, 5A and mostly Criterion 6A which is very important). 

Second, Tempo.co needs to link its Ombudsman Division with cekfakta.tempo.co in order to response to readers.

Third, Tempo.co needs to wait until next February 2020, to complete the minimum three months work, since it is only started its facet checking division on October 22nd 2019.

on 05-Feb-2020 (3 months ago)

Dominggus Elcid Li recommended Accept


on 10-Jan-2020 (4 months ago)

Dominggus Elcid Li wrote:

First, based on overall assessment on Tempo.co, this media organization could be accepted if only they have finished edited their work as criticized on all criterion (please check the detail, especially Criterion  1A, 3A, 4B, 4C, 5A and mostly Criterion 6A which is very important). 

Second, Tempo.co needs to link its Ombudsman Division with cekfakta.tempo.co in order to response to readers.

Third, Tempo.co needs to wait until next February 2020, to complete the minimum three months work, since it is only started its facet checking division on October 22nd 2019.

on 10-Jan-2020 (4 months ago)

Dominggus Elcid Li recommended Accept with edits


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

Tempo is an independent media group in Indonesia that focus on quality and investigative journalism. We publish in three formats: weekly magazine, daily newspapers and online website. Fact checking is our latest project to strengthen our service to our growing digital audience, so we made a special section for it in this URL: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/

Our factchecking initative was first launched three years ago during the Jakarta's governor election. At the time, we fact check the election debate and misinformation/disinformation campaign during the election.  

The special channel on our website for fact checking was launched in January 2018. It can be accessed from our front page and we called "Verifikasi" or Verification. It compiles all of our previous fact checking articles in one channel so it is more easy to be discovered.  We also started our collaboration with Mafindo and their factcheck website: "TurnBackHoax.id".  Mafindo is a non profit citizen-led fact-checking initiative in Indonesia.

Links to stories about Tempo can be found here:

https://www.globaleditorsnetwork.org/press-room/news/2016/04/45-years-of-tempo-magazine/

https://cpj.org/reports/1998/11/tempo.php

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3652726.stm

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Cekfakta.tempo.co is part of Tempo Media group, and it has affiliation with Mafindo, and also collaborate with other media to establish  CekFakta.Com as the platform to confirm whether it is a hoax or not.

It has certain methodology (see: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi), and also provides link how to submit suggestion, which is directly linked to Mafindo  (See: https://turnbackhoax.id/lapor-hoax/)

What is not clear is how the Mafindo distinguish the claim is coming from the Cekfakta.tempo.co or other source? This question will be linked to the content of Cekfakta.tempo.co. How the content is selected and also produced by Tempo's Cekfakta team?   


done 1a marked as Partially compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/

This is the channel where we publish all our factchecking article in the last three years. On average, this channel publish 3-5 articles per day

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Tempo.co has shown that it has fact checking section for several years.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/510/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-pembongkaran-kotak-suara-oleh-kpu-terkait-kecurangan-pilpres-2019

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/498/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-bayi-di-india-ini-memakan-usus-ibunya

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/479/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-menhan-prabowo-sebut-wajib-militer-ampuh-tangkal-bangkitnya-pki

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/491/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-mendikbud-nadiem-makarim-ingin-pangkas-waktu-pendidikan-sd-smp-dan-sma

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/509/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-rizieq-shihab-telah-ditetapkan-sebagai-keturunan-ke-38-nabi-muhammad-oleh-arab-saudi

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/508/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-yusuf-mansur-sebut-salat-di-monas-dosa-karena-riya

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/506/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-ada-putri-duyung-yang-terdampar-di-pantai-nepa-madura

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/507/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-tni-sediakan-sarapan-gratis-untuk-peserta-reuni-212

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/504/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-pesawat-ini-disewa-untuk-antar-peserta-reuni-212

https://cekfakta.tempo.co/fakta/499/fakta-atau-hoaks-benarkah-presiden-jokowi-ancam-copot-prabowo-karena-kalah-pamor


To maintain a coherent standard, we apply the same methods in all of our factchecking articles. First, we discuss the scope of the mis/disinformation and only if it meets our criteria, we decide to factcheck it. Our criteria is published in the channel and readers can find it in this URL link: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi 

After we decide which mis/disinformation to check, we apply several verification steps such as :  finding the original source, verify the claim with public database, finding if there is a manipulation of the images or videos etc. We always share publicly all the sources we used in fact checking a claim. Those references usually are written at the bottom of our fact checking articles. Sources that can be used for this purpose has to publish facts that can be verified independently, and belong to a credible and authoritative institution on the matters. We also use more than two sources each time.

Our factcheckers have been trained in Google News Initiative verification program. Our methods are also published in the channel.  




Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Compared to the Tempo's magazine as the main journalistic production from Tempo Group, the cekfakta.tempo.co as its other branch has not shown its best quality. The issues selected to be checked are too random.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

We published our non partisan policy in the channel : https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi

We also have a standard ethical policy that refers to Indonesian press council code of conduct. The link can be found here: https://dewanpers.or.id/kebijakan/peraturan

In that document, it is stated these articles:

Article 1: Indonesian journalist is independent and produces news stories that are accurate, balanced and without malice.

Article 2: Indonesian journalist adheres to professional methods in the execution of a journalistic assignment.

Article 3: Indonesian journalist always verifies information, conducts balanced reporting, does not mix facts with biased opinion, and upholds the presumption of innocence principle.

Article 4: Indonesian journalist refrains from producing false, slanderous, sadistic and obscene news stories.

Article 5: Indonesian journalist does not disclose and broadcast the identity of victims of a sexually-exploitative crime and refrains from identifying a minor who committed a criminal act.

Article 6: Indonesian journalist does not misuse his/her profession and accepts no bribe.

Article 7: Indonesian journalist has the right of refusal to protect the identity of a news source who does not wish his/her identity and whereabouts to be known, and abides by the conditions for an embargo, background and off the record information as mutually agreed.

Article 8: Indonesian journalist does not write or report news based on prejudice or discrimination against anyone on the basis of differences in ethnicity, race, color, religion, gender, and language and does not degrade the dignity of the weak, the poor, the sick, the mentally or physically disabled.

Article 9: Indonesian journalist respects the right of the news source’s private life except in the public interest.

Article 10: Indonesian journalist immediately retracts, rectifies, and corrects errors and inaccuracies in a news story accompanied with an apology to readers, listeners or viewers.

Article 11: Indonesian journalist accedes to the right of reply and the right of correction in a proportional manner.

We also have a Joint Work Agreement in the company, between PT Tempo Inti Media and PT Tempo Inti Media Harian with the Labour Union, which in Article 41 paragraph 4 defined: "Employees are prohibited from becoming caretaker of any political party or conduct activities for any political party." 

During the last 2019 Presidential Election, we collaborated with other fact checkers in Indonesia to form cekfakta.com and throughout the election, we all fact check both candidates in similar manner and fairness.

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As far I know, I can guarantee that this media organization has not support a candidate in Indonesia general election. 


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

We outlined our methods in finding sources of mis/disinformation in this URL link: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi We stated that the four criteria for an information to be verified in this channel is: how the information is important for the public, is it claimed to be facts, is it widely discussed (viral) and is it already fact checked before. 

For the mis/disinformation itself, we have access to Facebook dashboard for third party fact checkers, we also receive inputs from the public via a form that we publish on our site. The form is managed by Mafindo and we have an agreement with Mafindo to collaborate in verifying those inputs. 

After we decide on which mis/disinformation to check, we verify it using standard fact checking methods. We have five labels for the conclusion: correct, half correct, unproven, misleading, and false. We published the labels and its definition on our channel. In the published articles, we guide our readers on the evidences and process to reach that conclusion. We also invite our readers to comment or send correction if they find errors in our finding.

The choices of fact checks articles covered various social, economy and political issues and actors at local, provincial and national scopes of Indonesia.

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Most of the evidence used in cekfakta.tempo.co comes from secondary sources (in form of other websites). Cekfakta.tempo.co provides links to those websites used as reference. Here, most of the key resources are secondary sources.


done 3a marked as Partially compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

Tempo is a profit corporation and registered at Indonesia Stock Exchange, Jakarta. The outlet is part of the Tempo Media Group, an independent media company in Indonesia (see: https://www.tempo.co/about ).  Tempo.co is a commercial entity under registered name: PT. Tempo Media Digital.

The ‘Tentang Kami’ (About Us) section provides a brief description of the history of Tempo.co; its office address; phone number and e-mail account. In addition, this outlet was awarded as ‘The Best Mobile Media 2011’ from the Asia Digital Media Award. The Tempo.co office merges with the office of magazine & Koran Tempo on Jl. Palmerah Barat no. 8, South Jakarta, 12210. In the same column the information of editorial staffs is completely provided.
 
We published our financial report, revenue stream and link to our shareholders in the channel, in this URL link: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi 

Here are the links:

https://korporat.tempo.co/tentang/struktur_saham (which explained in details our ownership structure.)

https://korporat.tempo.co/investor/investor_s (includes all financial reports to our shareholders)

https://korporat.tempo.co/uploads/tentang/59ba5fe27234c8de011ed60411a02172.pdf (the latest financial report)

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The organization could show the link to investors (see: https://korporat.tempo.co/tentang/struktur_saham); it has annual financial report which could be accessed by public  (see: https://korporat.tempo.co/uploads/tentang/59ba5fe27234c8de011ed60411a02172.pdf).


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

This iniative is led by Tempo editor in chief, Wahyu Dhyatmika and we list all of our newsroom in this link: https://www.tempo.co/about 

the link is published in the channel here: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi

For complete bio of Wahyu, readers can access it here: https://www.icij.org/journalists/wahyu-dhyatmika/ 

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There is short biography of the fact checkers and there is also structure of the fact checking organization.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

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

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

In each of the factcheck articles, we include an email where people can submit their correction or additional info about the article in a special email: cekfakta@tempo.co.id

We also stated our contact information at the bottom of every page 

Address: Gedung Tempo, Jalan Palmerah Barat No.8, Jakarta Selatan 12210 Telepon: +62.21.7255645 dan +62.21.7255650 Email: red@tempo.co.id

Readers can access the contact info in this link: https://www.tempo.co/about 

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There is link directly from readers to Tempo.co


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

Our fact checking methodology is stated here: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi

In that section, we explain how we choose our issue/hoax to be debunked or verified, and how do we do it. First we need to check the validity of the claim, making sure it was indeed said or stated by public officials or viral on social media. After that, we check open sources to get the public data and then verify it ourselves by interviews and observation to the field. Since we are also operates as newsroom, it gives us a benefit, because we can send trained and qualified reporters as fact-checkers to check claims or false information. 

In this URL link: https://cekfakta.tempo.co/metodologi  we also stated that the four criteria for an information to be verified in this channel is: how the information is important for the public, is it claimed to be facts, is it widely discussed (viral) and is it already fact checked before.

For the mis/disinformation itself, we have access to Facebook dashboard for third party fact checkers, we also receive inputs from the public via a form that we publish on our site. The form is managed by Mafindo and we have an agreement with Mafindo to collaborate in verifying those inputs.

After we decide on which mis/disinformation to check, we verify it using standard fact checking methods. We have five labels for the conclusion: correct, half correct, unproven, misleading, and false. We published the labels and its definition on our channel. In the published articles, we guide our readers on the evidences and process to reach that conclusion. We also invite our readers to comment or send correction if they find errors in our finding.

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The methodology has been changed as I suggested .


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

We puts our email in the end of every fact check articles so readers can send their claims at cekfakta@tempo.co.id 

We are also working together with TurnBackHoax.id that provide the links in our frontpage, where audience can submit claims to be checked at https://www.turnbackhoax.id/lapor-hoax/  

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There is link directly to Tempo.co, so the complaints could be addressed to Tempo.co



done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

As verified members of Indonesian Press Council, we adhere to the Council correction policy which is stated at http://dewanpers.or.id/pedoman/detail/167/pedoman-pemberitaan-media-siber

It regulates that every complaint about content has to be responded and check professionally and thoroughly. Once it is established that we made a mistake, we have to issue a correction and apologize. 

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago



done 6a marked as Partially compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.

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

Tempo.co
08-Dec-2019 (5 months ago)

Here's example of the implementation of our correction policy:

https://seleb.tempo.co/read/1074943/jejak-metamorfosis-lucinta-luna/full&view=ok


https://en.tempo.co/read/1252783/bank-indonesia-denies-reports-on-e-wallet-rankings 


In both examples, we added correction at the bottom of the article, including when and why the articles was corrected. To complain about an article, readers only need to notify us via social media, or directly via email or phone, and we will assign an editor to look into the matter and correct the article accordingly if we found mistake in our part.

Dominggus Elcid Li Assessor
06-Jan-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago



done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Dominggus Elcid Li.