VoxUkraine

Organization: VoxUkraine
Applicant: VoxCheck PM
Assessor: Oleg Khomenok

Background

VoxCheck has been a signatory of IFCN since 2018 and works following high professional standards. The editorial team does essential and valuable work checking claims, revealing disinformation in the media and social networks, and informing people about important issues.

Assessment Conclusion

The application and the fact-checking platform VoxCheck comply with all criteria for signatories.

on 20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago)

Oleg Khomenok assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Платформа VoxCheck виконує важливу функцію інформування суспільства не лише про події, але й про факти маніпулювання та дезінфрмації, та є достойним членом IFCN.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

VoxCheck is a distinct project team within a legally registered non-profit organization VoxUkraine. It is stated on the website here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago)

VoxCheck team and newsroom are part of VoxUkraine online portal, established and designed specifically for Fact-checking purposes. VoxUkraine is officially registered in Ukraine entity. The Statute of VoxUkraine clearly states fact-checking initiative and distribution of this information as specific activity of the organization.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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?

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

1. VoxCheck's fact-checking operation started in 2016. The reason was a large number of lies and populism from politicians, a low level of critical thinking of the population, and the lack of fact-checking projects in Ukraine.

2. There are 18 core members of the VoxCheck team (VoxUkraine CEO, VoxUkriane CTO, head of VoxCheck, Chief Accountant, Financial Manager, 3 Senior Analysts, 2 Analysts, 3 Junior Analysts, Website Administrator, Head of the Multimedia Department, Multimedia Producer, Designer, TikTok Creator). One can find them and their positions here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en/ or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian

3. The organization's primary activities are fact-checking politicians, debunking fakes under Meta's Third-Party Fact-Checking Program, producing video and text explainers, educational economic- and media-literacy activities, and countering Russian disinformation and health-related disinformation.

4. The main objectives for the coming year are to:

a) continuously monitor and refute the growing disinformation and misinformation together with foreign partners;

b) expand the educational program (including lectures, training, and internships) for students (majoring in International Relations, int law, sociology, PR, communications, journalism, and economics), journalists, media experts, and everyone interested in fact-check and disinformation;

c) expand methodology concerning fakes and Russian disinformation monitoring;

d) counter Russian disinformation spread by European media;

e) intensify efforts to counter health-related disinformation and misinformation.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago)

VoxCheck is active since 2016 and 18 staff-members are working on fact-checking, publishing the analysis results of a wide range of topics. Their goals and plans of activities for the next coming year are focused on countering Russian disinformation spread by European media, expanding educational program targeted on different audiences and focusing on the healthcare related disinformation.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

Over a year since our last application was approved (October 22, 2021 — September 30, 2022), we have published 1089 materials on the website. Most of them include either fact-checks of political statements or debunking of Russian disinformation or debunking of health-related disinformation. We also published explainers and digests of Russian disinformation or health-related disinformation. For the indicated period, it is approximately 22 publications per week.

One can find the debunking publications here https://voxukraine.org/category/voxcheck-uk/ and other types of publications here https://voxukraine.org/tag/voxcheck/. The information is predominantly in Ukrainian, although publications are translated into Russian or English.

Also, fact-checks of politicians are made publicly available through our database Anthology of Lie (https://nepravda.org). This year we have created two additional databases. The first one, the Propaganda diary, includes debunking of Russian disinformation spread by Italian and German media. This database will cover disinformation in other European countries (at least Chezh Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) over the coming year. It is available at https://rusdisinfo.voxukraine.org/. The second one, Propaganda Detox, is devoted to the analysis of disinformation on healthcare. It is also located on a separate website https://medfakes.voxukraine.org/. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

VoxCheck publishes fact-check reports on a regular basis up to 12 times a day having more than 9000 stories totally. All reports are stored on https://voxukraine.org/category/voxcheck-uk/  that has a user-friendly search engine. The database of all reports has tool for filtering, ranking, and sorting of Anthology of Lie is very convenient to assess politicians' integrity and compare them.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Analysis of previous three month publications topics on the website showed that VoxCheck is focusing on socially important issues including Russian full-scale invasion to Ukraine, and disinformation related to the war and other topics that have a direct impact on public welfare and people life. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

VoxCheck is a part of VoxUkraine — a non-profit organization that aims at diversifying its funding. We have no commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship with the state, politicians, or political parties in the country or countries we cover.

According to the Policies and Procedures Manual, the size of a single grant should not be greater than 33% of the organization’s annual budget and funding from a single private individual should not be greater than 10% of the organization’s annual budget. Since 2020, as Third-Party Fact-Checking Program partners, we have received financing from Facebook, and over 2020, Facebook arrangement constituted 40.5% of VoxUkraine’s revenues. However, (1) Facebook arrangement is more like a service than a grant — we don't report how we spend money; (2) We save much of this money and we have a lot of other sources of funds; (3) Facebook does not influence our policies. In 2022, Facebook arrangement constituted only 8% of VoxUkraine’s revenues due to raising grants from new donors (USAID Health Reform Support, DT Institute, DRI etc.). This change in budget will be shown in the annual report for 2022 on our website.

VoxUkraine raises project-aimed and institutional funds from donor organizations if funding conditions and potential projects help to implement our mission. If a donor (private individual or entity) who financially supported VoxUkraine did not state the anonymity preference, his\her name (or name of the entity) would be stated in VoxUkraine’s annual financial report. If a donor expressed an anonymity preference or did not want to reveal the amount of money donated, VoxUkraine would not disclose such information.

One can find our annual reports (available in Ukrainian and English) here: https://voxukraine.org/en/about-us/. The report for 2020 is here: https://voxukraine.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Annual-report-2020.pdf. Also, the financial audit was conducted in 2022. The audit results for 2021 are attached to this Criteria section.

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago)

Based on the content analysis, editorial policy and reports it is evident that VoxCheck looks fully independent of any state and political influence and control. It does't have any relations with local state ad political actors, does not support any political party or candidate.The project is supported by a number of international donors and the funding sources look well diversified.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

1. According to the Policy and Procedure Manual of VoxUkraine, donors and editorial policy is the following. No donor shall intervene in the VoxUkraine editorial policy or influence VoxUkraine content in any way. If a donor tries to influence VoxUkraine content or its other activities, members of the Editorial Board must be notified. If the majority of the Editorial Board thinks that a donor has an undue influence on the editorial process, any member of the Editorial Board or management of VoxUkraine shall consult the Ethical Committee, which would decide on this matter.

2. VoxCheck is a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network Code of Principles. It means that we are independent of any external interference. It is also stated in the "VoxCheck Independence" section: https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian.

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The support provided by the foreign donors does not affect editorial policy and it is clearly described in the statement of editorial independence on the page https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org

The site has the statement at the bottom of each publication stating "The authors are not employees, do not advise, do not own shares and do not receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and are not affiliated in any way with them." (see attached screenshot)


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done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

In our work, we look into the lies and manipulations of all representatives of the political sphere. Hence, we have materials concentrating on the statements from solely the governmental representatives or solely the opposition representatives. VoxCheck is impartial in its fact-checks. Our assessment does not depend on their governmental or oppositional status or preference.

We have also expanded our field to revealing and countering narratives mainly used by Russia in their disinformation campaigns, be it fakes about the Russian invasion in Ukraine or fakes on public health issues.

Examples of the materials on the government/president/ruling party in the parliament:

1.https://voxukraine.org/marafon-na-ekvatori-perevirka-tsytat-zelenskogo-na-chergovij-preskonferentsiyi/

2.https://voxukraine.org/ne-vpershe-analiz-promovy-prezydenta-u-radi/

3.https://voxukraine.org/dymna-geografiya-hto-z-parlamentariv-hotiv-povernuty-kurinnya-v-gromadskyh-mistsyah-ta-yak-tse-provalylosya/

Examples of materials on oppositional party members:

4.https://voxukraine.org/rozumna-chy-manipulyatyvna-polityka-rytoryka-ta-kkd-deputativ-novogo-mizhfraktsijnogo-ob-yednannya/

Examples of materials including both sides:

5.https://voxukraine.org/z-yavyvsya-konkurent-parlamentu-rekomenduyut-uhvalyty-slabshi-zaborony-reklamy-tyutyunu/

Examples of materials on Russia disinformation narratives:

6.https://voxukraine.org/holodomor/

7.https://voxukraine.org/vyznannya-rosiyeyu-ldnr-ta-proval-normandskogo-formatu-yak-manipulyuvaly-prorosijski-media-za-tyzhden-9-16-lyutogo/

8.https://voxukraine.org/rada-brekhni-putina-analiz-zasidannya-radbezu-rf/

Examples of materials on health-related disinformation or misinformation:

9.https://voxukraine.org/pislya-roku-vaktsynatsiyi-lyudstvo-ne-vymerlo-najbilsh-populyarni-fejky-pro-shheplennya-proty-covid-19/

10.https://voxukraine.org/orglyad-naratyviv-pro-suspilne-zdorovja-vypusk-1/

For our fact-checks, we take only those statements that contain facts or figures. All fact-checks are double-checked by the VoxCheck team and go through the peer-review procedure, which means that at least two editors from the VoxUkraine Editorial Board read our fact-checks and give comments (also noted in the Policies and Procedures Manual). No article, except those on debunking fakes, can be published until signed off by two editors. The pieces on debunking fakes are signed off and approved for publication by two members of the VoxCheck team, who have not been involved in the writing process.

While fact-checking or debunking fakes, we use information from official and reliable sources that one can find on the web. These sources may include information from:

- governmental institutions (e.g. CDC, Eurostat, State Statistics Service of Ukraine, etc.);

- generally recognized international organizations (e.g. the UN, the EU, NATO etc.);

- reputable think tanks and pooling organizations (e.g. Razumkov Centre, Pew Research Center, etc.);

- governmental and non-governmental institutions providing information on the Russian invasion (General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and similar institutions from other countries (UK, US), Institute for the Study of War, Come Back Alive Foundation);

- official information from companies, associations, and foundations (e.g. Pfizer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation);

- media with high factual reporting standards, including IFCN signatories (e.g. AFP, BBC, Reuters, etc.);

- OSINT investigators (Bellingcat, CIT, InformNapalm);

- peer-reviewed academic articles.

We do not fact-check if we cannot find publicly available proof. If the information needed for the fact-check may be requested from the authorities, we can do so provided that we make this information publicly available. In this way, we ensure that the readers can click-and-check each fact-check.

All the links to the sources are embedded in the fact-checks. One can see that on our website or databases on disinformation: https://nepravda.org/, https://rusdisinfo.voxukraine.org/, https://medfakes.voxukraine.org/. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The fact-checks provided in the links shows that VoxCheck is applying the same standards and professional approach in both selecting the topics and claims in an unbiased way as well as doing fact-checking of the claims.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

The process of fact-checking and possible assessments is described here: https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en/ or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The principles and process of selection claims for fact-checking as well as   assessment methodology is described on https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/  It shows that VoxCheck does not unduly concentrate fact-checking on any one side keeping unbiased attitude. 


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Based on the analysis of randomly selected VoxVheck stories published during last year it is evidently seen that while producing fact-checking stories VoxCheck team discloses sources status in the story in appropriate cases. The sources used by VoxCheck to confirm facts are neutral and don't influence the accuracy of the factcheck, so the reader might reasonably conclude the interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. This helps the reader to understand if the source has a specific interest and gives a deeper understanding of the story context.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Content analysis of randomly selected VoxCheck stories published during last year had proven no support of any political party or politician or company, publications reviewed are neither supporting any policy nor advocating any initiative.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

Our commitment to Nonpartisanship and Fairness, as well as a statement that any member of VoxCheck does not belong to any political party and does not represent the interests of any politician or authority, is stated here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. This information is available in English and Ukrainian.

Over the past year, we provided content to Ukrainian authorities (the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and its subdivisions). However, this content was defined exclusively by VoxCheck without any interference or censorship of any information by the authorities.

VoxUkraine (which is an organization for the VoxCheck project) is a non-partisan NGO. This principle is noted in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the organization. VoxUkraine also demands all editors, board members, and employees to disclose any potential conflict of interest (Policies and Procedures Manual). Thus, each article, including fact-checks published on the VoxUkraine website, contains a disclaimer on potential conflict of interest or its absence. Also, none of the VoxUkraine governing bodies (General Meeting and Supervisory Board) is a political party member.

At the moment, none of our employees is a political party member.

It is also written in our ethical principles here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The methodology document on the site https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/  as well as Policies and Procedures Manual explain the key criteria of non-partisanship preventing possible conflict of interest or support of political parties or any kind of bias or partisanship.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Checking of randomly selected stories published during last year confirmed that in all cases VoxCheck discloses the sources of information proving or undermining facts that are checked including direct links to reliable information or source . The fact-check stories are structured as step-by-step guidance that gives the users the opportunity to replicate the fact-check on their own.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Random check of last year stories shows that VoxCheck is using primary sources, mostly official public data or documents to prove the facts in the publications.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago
VoxCheck is is always looking for more than one source providing confirmation in case the facts and statements that are checked can be proven by several different sources.

 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The analysis of the content, confirmed the unbiased approach, using neutral sources for verification of facts, so the reader might reasonably conclude the interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. If it goes about politicians VoxCheck clearly notices the interest of these sources for the transparency and understanding of the context.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

The document verifying the non-profit status of VoxUkraine is attached (available in Ukrainian). 

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

VoxCheck is part of VoxUkraine, an independent non-profit, non-government organization. Annual reports published on https://voxukraine.org/about-us/ have detailed information about sources of revenue and expenses.

The document provided with the application is suitable proof of the Non-profit independent status of the VoxUkraIne.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

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.

The information about the non-profitability of VoxUkraine, and consequently VoxCheck, is indicated several times on our website here https://voxukraine.org/en/about-us-eng/ or here https://voxukraine.org/about-us/ and also here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en/ or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

On the VoxCheck section of the main VoxUkraine page https://voxukraine.org/voxcheck/ there are notifications that VoxUkraine is implementing the VoxCheck project as well as information about sources of funding, including Annual reports.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The management system and organizational structure of VoxCheck are clearly described here https://voxukraine.org/voxcheck/ and here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

Information about the VoxCheck team and editorial board is available in English (https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html/) and in Ukrainian (https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/).

Professional biographies are available if you click on the name of the team or editorial board member 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

All information about the editorial board and team including biographies is available at https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

We have a feedback form on our website (https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck/ or https://voxukraine.org/voxcheck/). Our email is indicated here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. We are also open to communication on our social media. One can reach us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/) or Telegram through a feedback bot (@voxcheck_feedbackbot) or in comments (https://t.me/voxcheck). Our core team members are affiliated with VoxCheck on their Facebook pages, so people can also write there. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

VoxCheck provides various easy-to-use options to communicate with the editorial team through:

- email at the website https://voxukraine.org/voxcheck/

- special form named "Verify the quote" https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScE25T5l8pnj13_8kGpW741wXG9crdKcf-J3X7VaqceuxGj4g/viewform

- social media https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/

- @voxcheck_feedbackbot at Telegram.                                                                                                           


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

One can find our methodology here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian.

In addition, VoxCheck publishes a methodology for each individual project implemented. For example, in 2022, VoxCheck developed and released a database of Russian disinformation narratives in the German and Italian media, "Propaganda Diary". One can find a description of the project here: https://rusdisinfo.voxukraine.org/about (available in 5 languages, including English). One can find the project methodology here: https://rusdisinfo.voxukraine.org/method (also available in 5 languages, including English).

Also in 2022, VoxCheck developed an online database of Russian disinformation about public health protection in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia "Detox from Lies". One can find a description of the project here: https://medfakes.voxukraine.org/en/about.

The information is available in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

One can find the project methodology here:

https://medfakes.voxukraine.org/en/method. The information is available in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

One can find the up-to-date spreadsheet of the checked political statement here https://nepravda.org/. One can find the project methodology here (available in Ukrainian):

https://nepravda.org/#/methodology

One can find our Manual for Interns here (available in Ukrainian only):

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d7b0TmYBOlmE1Wr4M7yaocQWJU4_RUC8oh540_WdJDg/edit  

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The description of fact-checking methodology is at https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/ as well as at  https://nepravda.org/#/methodology 

Detailed instructions are also on Google Drive.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Most of the claims provided with the application and randomly selected for analysis by me were targeted at the Russian invasion of Ukraine and socially critical topics connected to disinformation and propaganda, the importance of the first one is evident, the rest were focused on finances, economy, social issues, international relations.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Analysis of randomly selected stories published during the last three months proves that the newsroom is seeking equality for both, proving and undermining claim facts and providing them to the readers so they can make a conscious decisions.  


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

VoxCheck applies an equal, unbiased, and neutral approach to the sources of claims and the sources proving claims.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

An analysis of randomly selected stories showed that VoxCheck newsroom is seeking to contact those who made a claim and use alternate sources. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

A topic or quote for a fact check can be suggested by any of the readers in several ways.

VoxCheck encourages its readers and social media audience to send their fact-checking requests to our Facebook and Telegram pages, where we promptly respond to all offers of fact-checking materials.

Link to VoxCheck page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/?ref=page_internal

Link to VoxCheck channel on Telegram

https://t.me/voxcheck and feedback bot @voxcheck_feedbackbot

We also encourage our readers to contact us via email with any questions: voxcheck@gmail.com. They can also email us if they want to suggest a topic or piece of information for a fact check.

The VoxCheck team reviews each offer and performs a review in case of sufficient expertise and resources. In the opposite case, we will explain to the reader why we cannot take this or that material into work, particularly if the information offered to us cannot be verified on the basis of open sources. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Multiple tools to submit the claim for checking include:

- email voxcheck@gmail.com, 

- Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScE25T5l8pnj13_8kGpW741wXG9crdKcf-J3X7VaqceuxGj4g/viewform 

 - social media at Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/) or Telegram through a feedback bot (@voxcheck_feedbackbot).


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

Please find the section for Error recognition policy here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en.html or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

VoxCheck has a clear Error recognition policy at https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/ 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Analysis of VoxCheck correction policy had proven that it meets the criteria and set the rules of identifying, treating, and correcting mistakes as well as correcting/updating verdicts and ratings.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

In one of our fact checks (links below), we refuted a fake report that the Ukrainian parliament was considering a draft law that would allow eavesdropping on the conversations of Ukrainians. We gave this fact check a “Manipulation" verdict. An expert from the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) contacted us on Facebook and pointed out an error in the verdict, noting that a more correct verdict would be "False", since the draft law did not provide for the deprivation of Ukrainians' privacy and, moreover, did not provide for the possibility of listening to telephone conversations. We've changed the verdict, updated the headline, and added a note about it in the article.

Link to the article in Ukrainian:

https://voxukraine.org/manipulyatsiya-vru-rozglyadaye-zakonoproyekt-yakyj-dozvolyt-vidklyuchaty-telefony

In the other article (links below), we debunked fake news about Poland's intentions to appropriate the western regions of Ukraine. In the first version of the article, the meaning of the colors on the map was incorrectly indicated, which was pointed out to us by readers. So we've updated the headline and added a note about it in the article.

Link to the article in Ukrainian:

https://voxukraine.org/fejk-karta-yaka-ilyustruye-namir-polshhi-pryvlasnyty-zahidni-oblasti-ukrayiny/ 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Provided examples have proven that the correction policy of VoxCheck is correctly implemented, appropriately, honestly enforced, and applied in the cases where correction or update is needed.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

We indicate it here https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/en/ or https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/. The information is available in English and Ukrainian.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The IFCN disclaimer and link to the complaint form are appropriately located at the https://voxcheck.voxukraine.org/ page.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
01-Nov-2022 (10 months ago)

VoxCheck is not a part of the media.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
20-Dec-2022 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Since VoxUkraine is an analytical platform and not the media, this criteria is not applicable.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.