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Faktoje.al

Organization: Faktoje.al
Applicant: Klodiana Kapo
Assessor: Jeton Mehmeti

Background

Faktoje.al is the only fact-checking organization in Albanian that is a signatory of IFCN Code of Principle. It is a non-profit organization established with the main mission of conducting fact checking of claims and promises made by high level political elites. In addition, the organization has expanded its scope of work in identifying fake news and training local journalists on how to do so. 

Assessment Conclusion

The evidence provided by the applicant and the review of random sample published by the applicant in the past six months, show that the IFCN Code of Principle is respected. The applicant produces more than the minimum of one fact check per week, uses evidence in all fact checks, appears to be non-partisan in its reporting and maintains good standards of transparency to the public. As such, it is recommended that the applicant's IFCN signatory status is further extended.  

on 04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago)

Jeton Mehmeti assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Ky vleresim sugjeron qe Faktoje.al t'i vazhdohet statusi i anetarit te Rrjetit Nderkombetar te Verifikimit te Fakteve (IFCN). Publikimet e faktoje.al jane ne vije me standardet e kerkuara nga IFCN sa i perket perdorimit te evidences ne raportimet e tyre, si dhe sa i perket transparences se organizates ne pergjithesi.  

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is registered with the court authorities as of July of 2019 and operates as an independent, non-governmental media organization. This information is published on the website of Faktoje, under the “About us” category, in the sections “Who we are” and “How we work”, and is accessible by everyone. It fully complies with Criteria 1.1 because it demonstrates that we are a legally registered organization and these details are found very easily on our website, in the links below.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is a legally registered entity and this information is available in their website. The original document of registration has been shown to me after my request in their first application at IFCN.  


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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?

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?


Faktoje is the first fact-checking organization in Albania and was established in May of 2018 with the purpose to promote the accountability of high public officials and subject the benefit from public funds, through the right to information and transparency. Faktoje aims to improve the public standards of performance in Albania, set an example of responsible and ethical journalism, and stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news and disinformation in Albania.

2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?

 Faktoje has a staff of 9 employees and 1 interns. Faktoje’s staff consists of: an Executive Director, a Finance Officer, an Editor in Chief, an Editorial Manager, 4 journalists, 5 external experts, 5 intern journalists, 1 driver, and 1 cleaning maid.

Faktoje also has a network of 15 local journalists which was created as a result of our workshops and projects to raise the accountability of local governments, who collaborate with Faktoje on different stories, topics, or projects.

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

Faktoje is engaged in different activities which present and increase the visibility of our work, but also solidify Faktoje' s position as a promotor of the fight against disinformation. We organize conferences with stakeholders for major issues like the reconstruction process after the 26 November 2019 earthquake in Albania, the pandemic, and the accountability of high public officials. Faktoje has also organized carried out workshops for students and local journalists regarding our methodology and its possible application in the cities where these journalists work. An important part of Faktoje' s work as a promotor in the fight against disinformation are the workshops on this topic, and also workshops about fact-checking and media literacy with students, local journalists, and regional journalists. Faktoje developed fact-checking modules for the . Also, we built a database about the reconstruction process.

4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

For the upcoming year, Faktoje aims to continue the course of Fact checking and  workshops and training sessions in the Department of Journalism at the University of Tirana, young journalists and local journalists. Our aim is to raise capacities of this community on fact checking journalism, and raise awareness of the public about fake news and disinformation. Also, through the application of the Law on the Right of Information we will insist promoting accountability and transparency in public institutions. Faktoje will continue to be involved closely in campaigns to raise the awareness of public officials in local governments, more specifically in 15 municipalities regarding the fulfillment of electoral promises and transparency of municipal councils. On the other hand, Faktoje is working with two reports on recovery of the earthquake in Albania "Follow the money" and for the second year we are going to publish a report on the transparency of the 15 municipalities in Albania. We are going to covered the issue on Covid 19, environment, recovery of the earthquake, and the election promises in Albania. For the first time we are going to train the pupil in the high school about fact checking and disinformation. We are going to do more than 12 workshops with the coordinators of the right of information in the main public institution to increase the transparence and enhance   the collaboration between us, We are going to work for several videos and quiz to raise awareness towards disinformation and fake news.   

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has provided enough explanation with regard to the history, scope of work, activities and the number of people involved. Judging from the information that is available to the public and the information shared here, we can conclude that the applicant has enough human resources to carry out fact checking activities. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is the only known fact-checking organization in Albania, and also the only organization which is a signatory member of IFCN. During the last 6 and a half months we have published at least 120 fact-checks, with an average of at least 4 fact-checks per week. All our fact-checking stories are public and accessible through our webpage www.faktoje.al.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Judging from the range of stories published in their website, the applicant has exceeded the required minimum of at least one fact check per week. In one particular month, the applicant has published 21 fact checks in total. Therefore, the applicant is constantly publishing fact checks.   


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has published fact checks that have a direct impact on the society. A random check of the published articles, shows that the majority of topics selected for verification are of major concern for the public and the society. Some of these topics/public promises that were verified include news about coronavirus vaccines, bird flue, oil prices, earthquake rebuilt, as well as other issues like education, social welfare and tourism. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje does not have any kind of commercial, financial, and/or institutional relationship with the state, politicians, political parties in our country or region, which are the areas our fact-checking stories cover.

During the previous financial year, Faktoje has been funded by different foreign institutions or organizations, specifically the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, the British Embassy in Tirana, the American organization National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Embassy of Netherlands , Irex, OSCE, European Union in Albania. We are also founded by Eu in a regional project, part of ADNB .We don’t cover in our fact checks any of the countries that the mentioned institutions represent, or in which the organization (NED) is based.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a separate section in their website regarding the sources of income, where they have listed the donors for 2022, that include among others MATRA, IREX and EU. They have also published the Audit report for previous years. There is no indication that the applicant has received funding from the state and political parties from the country where they operate. 


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In the section “How we are funded” which is listed under “How we work”, we specify that Faktoje is transparent with the financial resources and we state that if we accept funds from other institutions, we make sure that the donors don’t have influence in the conclusions of our reports or fact-checking stories. In this section, we have also listed the main donors from which we are financed.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Si%20financohemi 

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is a link in their website that shows how the applicant is funded as well as a link that provides information about the code of ethics and being unbiased in their reporting. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

List of 10 fact checks:

1. https://faktoje.al/balluku-by-passi-i-vlores-hapet-ne-menyre-provizore-per-kalimin-e-mjeteve-me-15-korrik/

2. https://faktoje.al/veliaj-do-kalojme-ne-regjim-te-punes-me-dy-turne-per-rijetesimin-e-piramides/

3. https://faktoje.al/vokshi-qeveria-rimbursoi-vetem-40-dollare-per-nje-te-semure-me-covid-199/

4. https://faktoje.al/ahmetaj-shkolla-dhe-kopshti-korb-muca-fushe-kruje-gati-ne-korrik1/

5. https://faktoje.al/a-perfunduan-punimet-per-aksin-sinanaj-dukaj-qe-lidh-tepelenen-me-vloren/

6. https://faktoje.al/rama-britania-ka-bere-plan-per-kufizimin-e-energjise/

7. https://faktoje.al/vokshi-ka-mesues-qe-sduhet-ta-bejne-vaksinen-por-detyrohen-se-nuk-perballojne-kostot-e-testit-pcr/

8. https://faktoje.al/manastirliu-e-kemi-vendosur-te-arrijme-1-milion-vaksinime-brenda-muajit-qershor/

9. https://faktoje.al/viti-i-ri-i-gjen-jashte-banesave-te-reja-banoret-e-thumanes-dhe-bubqit/

10.  https://faktoje.al/5-afate-te-shkelura-ne-thesin-e-premtimeve-te-bashkise-per-kopshtit-zoologjik/


Faktoje selects, based on its mission, claims of public officials about how the money of taxpayers is being spent and if the promises about projects of public impact are kept. These 10 claims that we listed, were selected based not on the political affiliation of the person that made the claim but based on the impact these claims have in the public. In the 10 fact-checking articles, we have included for the same official or political party, a claim that was categorized as True, when the fact-checking process has concluded that they indeed told the truth, or False when we arrived at the respective conclusion after the fact-checking process. This testifies the impartiality of Faktoje in selecting claims and also shows that Faktoje is in line with the criteria that focus on the direct interest of the public. We have fact-checked claims from 3 Ministers, Infrastructure, Minister of Reconstruction, minister of public Health, the Prime minister, the major of Tirana, and officials of the opposition, about issues of the highest priorities such as the pandemic or the reconstruction process after the 26 November 2019 earthquake in Albania, which still remain the priorities of the country. This shows the inclusion of all political actors, parties, and political wings in our fact-checking stories, without favoring or excluding anyone from our mission as a fact-checking service.

On the other hand, the application of the methodology led us to refer to different sources to arrive at our conclusions, especially consulting with independent experts of a high level, in order to arrive at an accurate categorization of claims. Below we have listed three briefly explained examples:


1.https://faktoje.al/vokshi-qeveria-rimbursoi-vetem-40-dollare-per-nje-te-semure-me-covid-199/

The selected statement belongs to one of the Democratic Party officials, who claims that the government reimbursed an average of $ 40 for a covid patient, although patients in this category prove that the cost of anti-covid treatment is several times more expensive. Pursuant to the fact-checking methodology, Faktoje made a verification using the right to information and requested official information from the public health authorities and then addressed a medical expert. From the research of these sources, it was confirmed that the statement of Mrs. Vokshi was based on accurate data and was categorized as True.

https://faktoje.al/vokshi-ka-mesues-qe-sduhet-ta-bejne-vaksinen-por-detyrohen-se-nuk-perballojne-kostot-e-testit-pcr/

For the same opposition official, Faktoje selected a statement regarding the management of the covid situation, which had to do directly with the category of teachers. The PD official claimed that even the teachers who due to health problems were not advised to get the vaccine, were being forced by the authorities to get it because they could not afford the cost of the PCR test. Even for this statement, Faktoje, using the fact-checking methodology referred to both official sources, through the request for information and the interest groups. From the research and the information we managed to collect, it resulted that the statement of Mrs. Vokshi was False.



 2.https://faktoje.al/balluku-by-passi-i-vlores-hapet-ne-menyre-provizore-per-kalimin-e-mjeteve-me-15-korrik/

The selected statement belongs to the Minister of Infrastructure Belinda Balluku, who promised that on July 15, 2021, the segment in the south of Albania would be temporarily opened, to ease the heavy traffic due to road works, at the peak of the tourist season. This statement had a major public impact, as at that time most citizens were planning vacations in the south. The statement, in this case, was one of those types to be verified in the field, so on the date promised by the Minister, the journalists went and verified for themselves if the segment was functional. The verification showed that the Minister's commitment had been fulfilled.

https://faktoje.al/a-perfunduan-punimet-per-aksin-sinanaj-dukaj-qe-lidh-tepelenen-me-vloren/

Faktoje selected another commitment of the government that had promised the completion of another road of major importance in the autumn of 2021, to facilitate traffic during the tourist season in southern Albania. But this time it was the prime minister who through a video posted on social networks claimed that the project for the road in question was over. Faktoje made a comprehensive verification in the application of the fact-checking methodology, first by verifying in the field, that some parts of the road were left unfinished. After that, Faktoje did research on official documents and institutions, which led us to the conclusion that the promise was not kept and even the post of the Prime Minister was mis-informative. One of the sources that influenced the categorization as an Unkept promise was the Ministry of Infrastructure itself, which informed that the road would be completed within the next year.

3. https://faktoje.al/ahmetaj-shkolla-dhe-kopshti-korb-muca-fushe-kruje-gati-ne-korrik1/

The selected statement belongs to the Minister of Reconstruction Arben Ahmetaj and is related to one of the main issues of the country, the tragic earthquake of November 26, 2019. The Minister had promised the reconstruction within the summer of 2021, of a school in one of the areas most affected by the earthquake. This statement was also essential for the on-site verification and confirmation by the employees who followed the implementation of the project. These verifications led to the categorization of the promise as Kept.

https://faktoje.al/viti-i-ri-i-gjen-jashte-banesave-te-reja-banoret-e-thumanes-dhe-bubqit/

At the end of 2021, Faktoje verified another government statement on the issue with the major impact of housing reconstruction after the November 26, 2019 earthquake, in the municipalities affected by the consequences of the earthquake. The government had promised that most residents would be in new homes for the holiday season. Faktoje, pursuant to the fact-checking methodology, conducted on-site inspections, sent a request for information and received evidence from stakeholders, residents waiting to be housed in these dwellings by 31 December 2021. The collection and analysis of these sources led to the categorization of the statement as Unreal, as in the new homes practically only a very small number of residents entered for the holidays.

All the above examples show that the promises and statements selected for fact checking were made on the basis of public interest and uninfluenced by political affiliation. 

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The sample of ten fact checks provided by the applicant shows a variety of topics covered, a variety of political parties under scrutiny as well as a variety of locations. Each article has enough evidence to argue the case and to dictate the conclusion. Overall, the same high standards are applied in all fact checks and the same essential process that been followed. It is easy to see that the applicant has tackled the current problems in the Albanian society such as energy, education, poverty, road infrastructure and so on. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje explains clearly the standardized methodology of work that it applies, where the process of claims selection is at the very top of this methodology, which can be found by our audience under the “About us” category, in the “Methodology” section within “How we work”. We select claims of all the actors of the political scene and interest groups, based on the importance of the issue and the interest of the public.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Metodologjia 

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The link is available in their website. It shows how the applicant select claims to check as well as the methodology followed to do the fact checking. The sample provided under Criteria 2.1 shows that the applicant does not intentionally concentrate their fact checks on one side only. There is a balanced reporting in all of these samples.  


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

A random review of the fact checks published over the previous year show that the evidence provided by the applicant is not biased and the reader can come to conclusion regarding the story based on all evidence provided. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is no evidence to show that the applicant is affiliated or shows support to a particular political party or organization. A review of previous fact checks published here show that almost all major political parties have been under the scrutiny of fact checking, as well as different levels of government, such as central government, local self-government as well as different cabinet ministers. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is an organization that does not engage in political activities and the selection of claims to fact check is done based on the influence these promises of politicians, public officials, or subjects that benefit from public funds, have in the life of the citizens. None of our team members are affiliated with any political party or organization. From its foundation onwards, current and future staffers of “Faktoje” are required not to engage with political activities.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Depolitizimi,%20angazhimi%20p%C3%ABr%20paan%C3%ABsi%20dhe%20ndershm%C3%ABri


Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has provided a link in their website that show their strict 'non-political' affiliation policy for its staff members. There is no evidence that would suggest that any of its members are politically affiliated. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant provides evidence in their fact checks in a variety of formats. Links to the original source as well as to the evidence are in every article. Moreover, screenshots of evidence, such as Facebook comments by decision makers are quite present. In addition, evidence is also presented in the format of excel photos, photo from the field, video links as well as links to previous fact checks. Overall, the amount of evidence provided in every article is enough for the reader to come to his/her onw conclusion. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In most cases, the applicant goes for primary sources to provide the evidence. This includes direct links to the original statement made by the public official as well as hard evidence in refuting such claim. The latter usually comes in the format of screenshot of evidence (document, excel, graphs).  


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Overall there is a mix of sources provided in the fact checks. Typically fact checks published by the applicant are long, and that provides enough space for background information, evidence explanation and conclusion. This format allows the applicant to use more both primary and secondary sources in its fact checks. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The evidence provide by the applicant, especially in the format of video links, makes it easy for the audience to understand the context of the story. 


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Faktoje is an independent non-profit organization. Please find attached the decision of the Court of Tirana, which confirms that Faktoje is established as a non-profit organization.
Files Attached
picture_as_pdf Registration of Fakt... (1 MB)
Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has shared a legal document that shows its legal status as an independent non-profit organization registered in Albania. The same statement is also published in their website in the "about us" section.  


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In the website of Faktoje, under the “About us” category, in the page "How we work", in the section "A brief bio of Faktoje" we explain that Faktoje is registered with the court authorities as of July of 2019, and operates as an independent, non-governmental media organization. On the same page, "How we work", in the section "How we are funded" we detail that we are transparent with our funding, we ensure that the donors don't influence our conclusions and fact-checking stories and we also list the organizations or entities that are currently funding us.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Historik%20i%20shkurt%C3%ABr%20i%20%E2%80%9CFaktoje-s%E2%80%9D

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Si%20financohemi

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The website section "About us" provides information about the mission of the organization as a non-profit registered entity. Furthermore, the funding section in the website also provides information about the current and past donors of this organization. The same section contains Audit reports, which provide all the income and expenses for the previous fiscal year. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is composed of the Board of Faktoje and the Editorial Team of Faktoje. The Board of Faktoje is composed of 6 members with different backgrounds from different fields. They are not affiliated with any political party. One of the main responsibilities of the board is to preserve the independence of Faktoje from external interventions and guarantee its transparency. The Editorial Team of Faktoje is composed by :

-The Executive Director, who is responsible for the editorial direction of Faktoje,

-The Editor in Chief who, by working closely with the journalists, ensures the claims selected are in line with the principles of Faktoje and the methodology is being applied correctly

-Editorial Manager is working closely with the editor in chief and the director to manage the project and the tasks required for each of them in line with our code of conduct, methodology and our internal policy.   

-The journalists, who apply the methodology of Faktoje scrupulously in the process of fact-checking

https://faktoje.al/bordi/

https://faktoje.al/stafi/

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The organizational structure is shown in the website. There is a specific section showing the organizational structure, the names of the people involved and their editorial role. Moreover, this section provides the biographies of all staff involved in this project. 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In the links shared for Criteria 4.3, the professional biographies of all those who play a significant part in Faktoje's editorial output are also included. Mainly on the page dedicated to the Editorial Team of Faktoje, which you can find in the link below.

https://faktoje.al/stafi/

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The professional biographies are shared in the website under the "Editorial team" section. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

It is very important for Faktoje to be easily accessible by the audience and to have an open bridge of communication with them. For this reason, in the bottom right corner of our website, we have a section entitled "Contact Us", where we display our e-mail address, our mobile phone, and our physical address and we respond to phone calls, e-mails, or messages on our social media at all times.

https://faktoje.al/

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a specific section called "Contact us", where users are provided with a variety of options to contact the organization. Office address, phone numbers and social media addresses are all available under this section. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is completely transparent with the audience, detailing the entire process of fact-checking, starting with how we select the claims to fact check and continuing with the methodology we apply. We directly contact the politician who made a specific claim or promise, we address public institutions, research what other media found, use google search techniques, do in-field verification, contact experts of the respective fields, and then we research again. Every step we follow is described in detail in the "Methodology" section of "How we work", which you can find in the link below.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Metodologjia

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The methodology section is available in the website. It shows to the public how the organization selects claims, what research methods are used to very claims, and what categories are used to label them i.e. from untrue statements to true statements. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

A random sample of claims shows that the applicant chooses the topics that are relevant and timely. Most topics are of current debates, that would generate a lot of internet traffic for the organization. In some cases, there is an explanation of why certain claim has been selected for fact check. 


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is evidence in all fact checks published by the applicant. Usually the evidence is associated with explanatory text, which makes it easier for the audience to understand the relevance of using such evidence. "The other side" of the story is often included in these fact checks, where the view of the party involved is published. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The same standards of using evidence appear to be used in all fact checks, regardless who made the claim. Most fact checks are about claims from people in power, however, other relevant people and institutions are also target of such claims. 


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Almost all fact checks published by the applicant use hyperlinks that direct you to the source of claim and information. The standard of fact checks here is include as many alternative evidence as possible, such as video, photo, official documents and so on. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje values of great importance the input and engagement of our audience. We have created a dedicated space in our website for this purpose, with significant visibility on the top right corner of our website, entitled "Fact-check Too". There the audience can directly contact us and share with us claims or promises they find suspicious, untrue, or unkept, which we ensure to follow and fact-check. They can also their denouncements for violations, messages, or suggestions as we explain in the second link below.

https://faktoje.al/

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Fakto%20edhe%20ti!

We explain how we select claims which can be fact-checked in "The Selection Process" which can be found on top of our "Methodology" section in the "How we work" page, under the "About us" category. Please visit the link below.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Metodologjia

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is a direct link for the audience to use when they want to share with the applicant. This is done under the link "Fact check you too". In this case, the audience has the option to remain anonymous or have their name be published. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

On the "How we work" page, we have a section entitled "How we correct mistakes". Here we list different kinds of corrections and briefly explain how we make these corrections. Corrections may include changing the rating of a claim, based on our rating system, correcting grammatical errors, and also updates, which are not errors but remain a change in the original article for which we notify our audience. More details are provided in the link below.

https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/#Si%20i%20korrigjojm%C3%AB%20gabimet%20tona

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is a specific link that leads to the correction policy. That section provides details how mistakes are corrected and how claims are updated with new evidence and information. It also shows how the public can identify corrected claims. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is enough information from the applicant's website on what stories are fact checks and what is not covered in its fact checks. The correction policy also shows how articles can change based on new evidence. 


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje did not receive a single complaint or correction request, during the previous year, which can be verified through the link below.  

https://faktoje.al/category/ankesa-korrigjime/

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is only one story that was corrected throughout 2021. In that story it is clear to show which information has been changed due to new evidence provided after the publication of the article. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktoje is a signatory member of IFCN since January the 20th of 2020. As such, we have created a dedicated space in our website where not only we inform that we adhere to the IFCN code of principles, but also we have placed a link connecting to the IFCN complaints policy where our audience can inform IFCN about a potential violation on our part.

https://faktoje.al/njihuni-me-ne/ifcn/ 

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is a specific section in the website called IFCN, which provides information about IFCN. Users are also informed how they can reach IFCN if they find that the code of ethics has been violated. This statemen has a link that leads to IFCN complains page. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.

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.

Faktoje.al
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
We are not the fact-checking unit of a media company, but an independent fact-checking organization.
Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
04-Apr-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is an independent fact-checking organization with no parent media company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.