The commitments of the code of principles

The commitments of the code of principles

This code of principles is for organizations that regularly publish nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. It is the result of consultations among fact-checkers from around the world and offers conscientious practitioners principles to aspire to in their everyday work.

The commitments that signatory organizations abide by are:

Nonpartisanship and Fairness

1. A commitment to Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Signatory organizations fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact check. They do not concentrate their fact-checking on any one side. They follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate the conclusions. Signatories do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues they fact-check.

Transparency of Sources

2. A commitment to Transparency of Sources

Signatories want their readers to be able to verify findings themselves. Signatories provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate their work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, signatories provide as much detail as possible.

Transparency of Funding & Organization

3. A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

Signatory organizations are transparent about their funding sources. If they accept funding from other organizations, they ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions the fact-checkers reach in their reports. Signatory organizations detail the professional background of all key figures in the organization and explain the organizational structure and legal status. Signatories clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with them.

Transparency of Methodology

4. A commitment to Transparency of Methodology

Signatories explain the methodology they use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct their fact checks. They encourage readers to send claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how they fact-check.

Open & Honest Corrections Policy

5. A commitment to Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Signatories publish their corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. They correct clearly and transparently in line with the corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.

The IFCN badge

Organizations that have obtained IFCN verification are encouraged to publish a badge in their homepage, however, the complete list of signatories is here.

Any other organization that holds the IFCN badge and is not listed is NOT a signatory to the code of principles.