Verificador de La República

Organization: Verificador de La República
Applicant: Rider Bendezú
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría

Background

Founded in 2019, VerificadorLR is a Peruvian fact-checking organization bound to La República newspaper.

Assessment Conclusion

VerificadorLR fully complies with all the requirements of the IFCN Code of Principles. Although minor deficiencies have been detected in the information provided by the applicant for criteria 1.2, 1.3, and 6.3, the overall assessment is POSITIVE in all aspects, so the recommendation to the Board is to renew the accreditation.

on 07-Aug-2022 (5 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Autodescrito como una unidad "a cargo de elaborar artículos basados en las técnicas de verificación de datos (fact-checking) y en la desacreditación de virales falsos (debunking)", Verificador LR es una organización de verificación de datos establecida en 2019, vinculada al diario La República de Perú.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago)

Details are in our policies and standards section https://larepublica.pe/politicas-y-estandares/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago)

Grupo La República Publicaciones S.A. is a leading media company of Peru, publisher of 'La República', one of the newspapers of record of the country since it was founded in 1981. As part of the website of 'La República', this company launched in September 2019 a fact-checking unit called VerificadorLR (VerifierLR, in English), dedicated to fact-checking and misinforation debunking. On its website, the applicant provides a transparent disclosure of its legal registration.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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?

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago)

As part of the 'La República' website, in September 2019 a service called 'Verificador', briefly called 'VerificadorLR', was launched on social networks, dedicated to data verification and debunking of erroneous information. Since February 2020, it belongs to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), of the Poynter Institute for the Study of the Media. In June 2020, Verifcador joined Facebook's fact-checking program. The team is made up of 10 people, among which are the director, editor, coordinators and writers. Our plan is to continue with fact-checking in the different areas where disinformation occurs, presidential elections is our closest focus.

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/10/sobre-nosotros/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

1. VerificadorLR began operating in September, so it is reaching its third uninterrupted year of activity in 2022. 

2. According to the information provided, VerificarLR claims that it has a team of "10 people" working in fact-checking operations. In fact, in their Sobre nosotros (About us) page the identities and professional roles of only 8 of them are disclosed. Anyway, this size is deemed sufficient for the purpose of this accreditation.

3. As a branch of La Republica newspaper, this unit is in charge of fact-checking activities.

4. According to the information provided, the applicant will continue through 2022-23 with its fact-checking activities, tackling disinformation in various topics, including the, presidential elections. Also, VerificadorLR will keep collaborating with Facebook, within its fact-checking program. Also, it is worth noting that VerificadorLR is partner of PeruCheck, and alliance of Peruvian fact-checkers.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago)

Since Verificador joined the Facebook verification program, we have a goal of 60 verifications per month. We attach a capture of the metrics from the previous month.

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Contrary to what is requested to the applicants, VerificadoLR has not presented a spreadsheet summarizing the fact-checks performed over the six months prior to the date of application. As a proof of their fact-checking activity, it has only presented a small screenshot of two metrics that, according to the applicant, apparently reflect the amount of fact-checks performed and published over the last month prior to the renewal request.

Despite this inadequate procedure and insufficient information, this assessor has confirmed by browsing himself the list of fact-checking articles of VerificadorLR that this organization does meet, indeed, the requirement of publishing "an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application." Thus, this criterion is assessed as compliant. Nevertheless, for future renewal of the IFCN accreditation, the applicant is kindly invited to submit the information and evidences, according to what is requested.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

More than 75% of VerificadorLR’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 in Peru. The editorial output of the applicant does not seem, in the view and knowledge of the assessor, controlled by the state, any political party or politician.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago)

We do not have any type of financing from the State. Currently, Verificador is financed with own resources of the company Grupo La República Publicaciones S.A., as part of the writing of the newspaper La República (Peru). Plus, you earn income as part of Facebook's fact-checking program.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

According to the information provided by the applicant, VerificarLR did not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationships with the Peruvian state, politicians or political parties over the year assessed. 

In the publicly disclosed Ethical Principles of its parent media organization, La República, this newspaper commits itself to non-partisanship: "A fin de mantener la neutralidad en el manejo de la información, el medio garantiza mantener una línea independiente, sin apego a partidos políticos" (translation to English: "In order to maintain neutrality when handling information, the media outlet guarantees to maintain an independent line, without attachment to political parties")


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We don't have any type of financing from the State.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In a section dedicated to the Company structure and history, VerificarLR provides full and transparent disclosure of all the relevant information about its ownership and funding scheme. No financial relationship with the Peruvian state and/or foreign countries can be drawn from this information.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

To maintain standards through fact-checking, we filter the issues to be verified based on the criteria of public interest, impact, and scope of influence. It is important for "La República" to verify the content on social networks that affect our readers, as well as that which is given as true because it was said by a public figure.

In addition, we follow a standardized protocol to ensure the quality of the verifications. In the case of viral publications, we check their originality and in the case of claims, we evaluate the veracity of the data.

We wrote a verification article with a recognizable outline, illustrative images and clear wording; In short, elements that facilitate reading. To this we add enough context to present the case in its real dimension.

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/28/no-el-gobierno-no-pone-fluoruro-de-sodio-en-el-agua/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/24/es-falso-que-la-primera-dama-de-francia-brigitte-macron-haya-sido-operada-de-la-prostata-emmanuel-macron-francia/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/21/es-falso-que-existan-multiples-e-irrefutables-pruebas-del-fraude-electoral/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/17/no-advincula-no-vinculo-oficialmente-a-pedro-castillo-con-el-anuncio-de-su-retiro-de-la-seleccion-peruana/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/17/no-cartel-de-javier-altamirano-no-difundio-la-frase-mas-vale-malo-conocido-que-bueno-por-conocer/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/15/es-falso-el-tuit-en-el-que-gustavo-petro-cuestiona-a-la-hija-de-rodolfo-hernandez/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/14/es-falso-que-rafael-lopez-haya-pedido-la-derrota-de-la-seleccion-peruana-ante-australia/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/14/no-sondeo-de-carabayllo-para-elecciones-municipales-no-fue-hecho-por-la-republica/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/10/es-falsa-la-imagen-de-un-supuesto-decreto-supremo-que-declara-feriado-el-13-de-junio/

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2022/06/09/es-falsa-la-publicacion-sobre-supuesta-fuga-de-maria-del-carmen-alva/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR has sufficiently demonstrated its non-partisanship by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to politicians, political parties and leaders of all the political spectrum in Peru and beyond. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In "Verificador" we first select the statement of a politician (no opinion) or a publication on social networks that may generate disinformation. Based on its relevance, we specify the aspects to verify. We conduct a comprehensive internet search that includes local sources, other fact-checking notes, open data, and online documents; that we reference indicating the publication date and the names of the articles. In addition, we are open to receiving verification requests from our readers in the request verification section.

https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/10/metodologia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR has presented evidence of a page where it discloses publicly its policy and methodology to perform fact-checks. This selection is based on the relevance, danger and virality of the events or claims checked.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Aug. 2021 - Jul. 2022), no traces have been found of commercial interests that might influence the fact-checking activity of Verificador LR.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Aug. 2021 - Jul. 2022), no traces have been found of political or ideological interests that might influence the fact-checking activity of Verificador LR.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In this link you can find our non-partisanship policy for staff https://larepublica.pe/politicas-y-estandares/#principios5

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

La República, parent media outlet of VerificadorLR, sets out a Code of Ethics, compulsory for every of the company's staff members. This Code establishes that journalists work has to be based on integrity, respect and veracity. It also explicitly sets our on non-partisanship.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR shows a consistent and widespread use of links to back fact-checks, that allows users to check the relevant information by themselves. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The sources used by VerificadorLR to back fact-checks are well diversified, relevant and sound, according to the assessor's knowledge.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the six months prior to this assessment (Feb. 2021 - Jul. 2022), the overall impression is that VerificadorLR shows a good diversity of sources to back its fact-checks, giving priority for public, open-access content. Trustworthy information published by other fact-checkers is also consistently referred. No unduly concentration in any specific sources has been detected.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR uses free-access and reliable sources, so that readers can conclude the interests that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. No examples have been found of cases where the applicant has contextualized the sources used to back its fact-checks, explaining why some sources have been used instead of others.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Verificador is the fact-checking and debunking unit of the media house La República (Peru).

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR is part of La República newspaper, an independent news outlet organization. In spite of this link, the applicant has its own staff, which is clearly disclosed.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Details can be found in the "About us" section https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/10/sobre-nosotros/

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Details about our organizational structure can be found in the section "About us" https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/10/sobre-nosotros/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As needed, VerificadorLR discloses its team composition, indicating their respective role and level of responsibility.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As requested, VerificadorLR publishes short biographies of the staff members are published on the website, including their email addresses and social media handles, so that they can be reached by anyone. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Users can communicate with the team through the attached form in the "Contact" section https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/11/contacto/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR provides a specific, easy-to-find contact page for comments, suggestions and complaints.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Details can be found in the section "Methodology" https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/10/metodologia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As requested, VerificadorLR publicly discloses its fact-checking methodology, which is deemed sound and sufficient. As a result of the accuracy checking performed, claims are labeled as ‘Cierto’ (true), ‘Falso’ (false), ‘Impreciso’ (innacurate) o ’Engañoso’ (misleading or deceptive).


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Thanks to a random review of a number of fact-checks published over several months prior to this assessment, enough examples have been found that Verificador LR selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Drawing upon a number of randomly selected fact-checks, the assessor has come to the conclusion that Verificador commits to transparency and fairness when processing claims. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

No evidence has been found of the eventual usage of different standards for fact-checking, depending on who made the claim, or the subject checked.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

No case has been found of infringement of this criterion. In absence of any apparent misbehaviour, the assessment is deemed as compliant.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We have a form for users to request a verification or correction https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/09/11/contacto/. We also have a whatsapp number.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

La República's Verificador works under a sound corrections policy, publicly disclosed on the website. Besides the contact means through the web, the applicant offers a WhatsApp number for the purpose of sending claims or other requests.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The correction policies are detailed in this link: https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/10/19/correcciones/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant offers at its website a list of corrections of fact-checks. By the date of performing this assessment, the number of corrections published was as follows: 1 in 2019, 2 in 2020, 7 in 2021 and 1 in 2022. According to all these evidences, the overall assessment for this criterion is as compliant.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The corrections policy is explained in detail in a dedicated section, so that users can know in advance how correction requests will be handled. This policy is deemed sound and compliant.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

On July 12 of 2020, the spotlight of this note was modified, paragraphs were deleted, a study was added and the conclusions of the document were corrected. The rating was maintained. https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2020/07/11/covid-19-es-falso-que-un-aseo-bucal-extremo-con-yonque-o-canazo-prevenga-contagio/

On October 3 of 2020, the title of this note was modified to make it more precise regarding the content of the verification. The rating was maintained. https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2020/10/03/covid-19-el-uso-de-mascarillas-si-protege-contra-el-nuevo-coronavirus/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As proof of compliance of this criterion, Verificador LR has provided two examples of corrected  fact-checks, dated back to the year 2020. Since the applicant made corrections to fact-checks within the period evaluated in this assessment (Aug. 2021 - July 2021), it would have been desirable to use examples from this period. The assessor himself has checked articles from this period and, all in all, criterion is deemed as compliant.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Information is detailed in this link: https://larepublica.pe/verificador/2019/10/19/correcciones/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

As requested, Verificador LR informs users on how they should proceed in case they want to inform the IFCN of any violation of the Code of Principles. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Verificador de La República
30-Jun-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Information is detailed in this link: https://larepublica.pe/politicas-y-estandares/#principios4

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

VerificadorLR is bound to a parent organization, the newspaper La República, which has a Policy and standards section that explicitly adheres to a honest and open corrections policy.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.