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Faktoje.al

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

Background

Faktoje.al is set up exclusively as an independent organizations in Albania whose mission is fact checking. There is clear evidence that this organization has grown from previous years in terms of human resources and the scope of work. Furthermore, the diversity of content has increased, adding video content to fact checking articles. It is also evident that the organization has increased the number of donors and partners. As the only fact checking organization in Albania, faktoje.al remains an important media organization in debunking fake news and disinformation.   

Assessment Conclusion

The overall conclusion is that the applicant fulfills the criteria to be a signatory of IFCN Code of Principles. This organization produces more fact checks per week than the minimum requirement. It applies a transparent methodology in selecting claims, using evidence and correction policy. The website contains sufficient information about the organization and the editorial policy. Users are also encouraged to cooperate with the organization by sending in claims for fact checks and becoming part of the mission in debunking disinformation and fake news.  

on 29-Apr-2023 (10 months ago)

Jeton Mehmeti assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Faktoje.al është krijuar ekskluzivisht si një organizatë e pavarur në Shqipëri, misioni i së cilës është verifikimi i fakteve. Ka dëshmi të qarta se kjo organizatë është rritur nga vitet e kaluara për sa i përket burimeve njerëzore dhe fushëveprimit të punës. Për më tepër, diversiteti i përmbajtjes është rritur, duke shtuar përmbajtje video në artikujt e kontrollit të fakteve. Është gjithashtu evidente se organizata ka rritur numrin e donatorëve dhe partnerëve. Si e vetmja organizatë që kontrollon faktet në Shqipëri, faktoje.al mbetet një organizatë mediatike e rëndësishme në identifikimin e lajmeve të rreme dhe dezinformatave. Si e tille, ajo meriton te jete pjese e Rrjetit Nderkombetar te Verifikimit te Fakteve (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.

Faktoje.al
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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. Please find attached as part of the application the document showing the original composition of our board members, as well as a document reflecting the changes in our board membership.

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

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Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The website is self-explanatory when it comes to the legal identity and to the mission of the organization. The reader can find detailed information about the work of the organization. Moreover, the organization has attached a legal document confirming their status as a legally registered organization in Albania. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

Faktoje is the first and only fact-checking organization in Albania, established in May of 2018 with the purpose to promote the accountability of high public officials or every subject which benefits 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 (8 full time and 1 part time) and 5 interns. Faktoje’s staff consists of: an Executive Director, a Finance Officer, an Editor in Chief, an Editorial Manager, 4 journalists, 5 intern journalists, 1 driver, and 1 custodian. Faktoje is also collaborating with 4 experts.

Faktoje has a network of 15 local journalists, created as a result of our workshops and projects that aim to raise the accountability of local governments. They collaborate with Faktoje on different stories, with the focus on fact checking reports, 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're completing for the third year the project on strengthening the accountability and transparency of 10 municipalities, including those who were hit by the earthquake on November 2019. 

Faktoje is completing a project in the Strengthening of the factchecking journalism, dedicated to the verification of statements and promises of public officials, promoting the prebunking videos and fact checking tools.

During 2022 we've expanded our activities on fact checking regarding disinformation related to the war in Ukraine. False reports were increasingly circulating in the social media and  the traditional media outlets in Albania. Due to this new campaign of disinformation and Russian propaganda, Faktoje opened a new category in it's website called "Disinformation in times of crisis" (https://faktoje.al/category/si-te-dallojme-fake-news/dizinformimi-ne-kohe-krizash/) where we put all the factchecking and investigative reports on this global critical issue. 

On this note we're having a well coordinated regional project with partners from North Macedonia, Serbia, BiH, Kosovo, etc, in the framework of the Anti Disinformation regional Hub.

Besides we're engaged in Meta's Third-Party Fact-Checking Program, which turned to be challenging and an added value and contribution in the fight against the fake news and disinformation, in Albania. 

We continued reporting and publishing fact checking stories on major issues such as the reconstruction process after the 26 November 2019 earthquake in Albania, the pandemic covid 19, and the accountability of high public officials, which is the core mission of our fact checking organization. Another activity of Faktojje relates to the media literacy. We've organized and  carried out workshops for students, local journalists and public 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 those about fact-checking and media literacy with students, local journalists, and regional journalists. Faktoje developed fact-checking modules for several target groups begging from high schools, universities, young and experienced journalists.  During 2022 Faktoje, in cooperation with the Commissioner for the Right to Information, has completed at least 15 trainings on the law on right to information. These trainings brought together for the first time young journalists, students of journalism and professionals, with representatives (coordinators) of public institutions and those of the Commissioner for the right to information. The implementation of the law, as well as its understanding by all parties, is of particular importance, both for coordinators and journalists, whose main goal is to increase transparency and promote accountability.

Faktoje promoted a wide anti-disinformation campaign, including a conference with the presence of the main stakeholders, donors, media representatives, MP's, local and foreign experts of communication etc.   

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

For the upcoming year, Faktoje aims to continue fulfilling it's core mission of factchecking the public officials and institutions, especially during the upcoming local elections in May 14th 2023. 

We're pursuing for the third year the course of Fact checking 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 to Information we will insist promoting accountability and transparency in public institutions. Faktoje will continue being involved closely in campaigns to raise the awareness of public officials in local governments, regarding the fulfillment of electoral promises and transparency of municipal councils. We'll be focused on the verification of statements and promises related to the cyber security, as Albania had a critical issue after several attacks on the state online data system, by a hacker group connected to the Iran government. 

We are planning to continue the wok on the prebunking (production of videos how to, quizzes and infographics  to raise awareness), as an effective tool in tackling the critical thinking and the fight against disinformation. 

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The information provided by the applicant as well as the content published in their website, shows enough evidence that this organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. This organization has an entire team of full time and interns working on fact-checking. Their website shows that they are active in other activities as well such as media literacy, trainings and advocacy. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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 months we have published at least 142 fact-checking articles, 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. in the 2 specified categories, Faktometer (https://faktoje.al/category/faktometer/) and Promises (https://faktoje.al/category/premtime/). Faktoje fact checked and debunked fake news related to the war in Ukraine with maligned intention which are listed within the category Disinformation in times of crises.  

Below you can find attached the links of 30 fact checking stories as a proof for this criteria, while in the web there are more reports than required.

List of 24 fact-checking articles:

1. Kurbin, shkelet premtimi për përfundimin e rindërtimit të të gjitha banesave individuale

2. https://faktoje.al/shkelqimi-dhe-renia-e-blegtorise-ku-iken-lopet/

3. https://faktoje.al/sa-para-harxhojme-per-mbetjet-cdo-dite/


https://faktoje.al/a-i-denon-zvicra-me-burg-qytetaret-qe-e-mbajne-kondicionerin-mbi-19-grade-sic-deklaroi-balluku/

5. https://faktoje.al/pandemia-e-covid-19-shqiperia-nuk-e-arriti-objektivin-e-obsh-per-vaksinimin-e-70-te-popullsise/

6. https://faktoje.al/vaksinimi-falas-per-hpv-nisi-sipas-kalendarit-mjeket-parandalon-kancerin-ne-qafen-e-mitres/

7. https://faktoje.al/ne-gjirokaster-cmimi-i-druve-te-zjarrit-u-rrit-pavaresisht-premtimit-te-kryeministrit/

8. https://faktoje.al/23710-2/

9. https://faktoje.al/spitali-i-lacit-hapi-dyert-por-ka-ende-disa-sherbime-te-munguara/

10. https://faktoje.al/qendra-e-te-moshuarve-ne-vlore-u-premtua-7-vite-me-pare-u-mbajt-7-muaj-para-zgjedhjeve/

11. https://faktoje.al/fondet-per-rindertimin-e-shkolles-ne-porto-romano-shkojne-per-shlyerjen-e-boxheve-te-bashkise-ndaj-oshee/

12. https://faktoje.al/ne-yrshek-foshnja-3-muajshe-dhe-familja-fle-nen-catine-e-shtepise-se-shkaterruar-nga-termeti/

13. https://faktoje.al/kur-do-te-jete-hera-e-fundit-qe-votohet-pa-diasoporen/

14. Disa fakte pse është pjesërisht i vërtetë dyfishimi i buxhetit 2023 në krahasim me 2013-n

15. https://faktoje.al/bashkia-e-dropullit-behet-me-eskavator-pas-kerkeses-se-guximshme-nga-fermeri/

16. https://faktoje.al/shkollat-9-vjecare-ne-berxulle-dhe-vore-u-hapen-brenda-afatit-te-parashikuar-ne-projekt/

17. Qeveria ka shpenzuar para për “Parkun Eden”, ndryshe nga ç’deklaroi kryeministri

18. E pavërtetë deklarata e Berishës për shitjen e energjisë 4 herë më lirë se bursa HUPX

19.  “Fushata e të pavërtetave” mbi emigrimin e shqiptarëve


20. Gjysmë e vërteta e inflacionit të ulët në Shqipëri

21. Kriza energjetike, më në fund qeveria i hap rrugë bilancit vjetor për fotovoltaikët

22. Inflacioni si në ’97-n! Ekspertët këshillojnë masa për kategoritë vulnerabël për të shmangur konfliktin social


23. Librat e shpërndarë falas për arsimin bazë janë të papërdorshëm, prindërit po i blejnë

24. Fund mësimit me turne, një premtim ‘serial’ i pambajtur gjatë mandateve

25. Shqipëria ka dërguar armë në Ukrainë, por mohon që ato të kenë përfunduar në tregun e zi

26. Fake news: “Në Shqipëri dhe Kosovë vepron ushtrίa e Erdoganit”

27. Familjet në nevojë me sytë nga “qielli”, paketa antikrizë shtyhet për shtator

28. Dimri i katërt pa çati, të pastrehët e tërmetit në Vorë rikthehen në shtëpitë e shpallura të pabanueshme

29. Thirrje për armatosje nga një portal përmes profilit fals të Alfred Cakos

30.https://faktoje.al/kujdes-nga-fushatat-help-to-save-ukraine/



Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

This organization has published more than the required minimum over the past six months. They publish two to four fact checks per week. There is a diversity of fact checks in terms of content too which are categorized under different sections in the website such as misinformation (fact-o-meter), promises of public officials and debunking fake news. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Judging from the content of fact checks that were published in the past three months, it is safe to concluded that over 75% of fact checks focus on claims that have an impact on the welfare of citizens. Some of the topics deal with the security issues and the war in Ukraine. Other claims are related to education, security (earthquakes), inflation, trade, energy, infrastructure and so on.  


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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, Embassy of Sweden, 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.

In the our website you can find our commitment on depoliticization, impartiality and honesty:https://faktoje.al/si-punojme-ne/

Below you can find the financial and audit statements of the previous year.

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Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has shared financial information which do not show any commercial or financial relationship between the organization and the state or a political party in particular. They have also mentioned in their website their policies with regard to impartiality and depoliticization. Moreover, the applicant has listed all the income sources and the names of the donors that support the organization. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has a section in their website which explains the methodology used in terms of selecting the claims for fact checks and ensuring editorial independence. The section "about us" also contains information about the sources of funding and the names of the donors. There is no indication that the applicant is financed by the state or political parties. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

List of 10 fact checks:

1. Kriza energjetike, më në fund qeveria i hap rrugë bilancit vjetor për fotovoltaikët

2. Balluku ‘shet’ grantin për kredi. E vërteta e anulimit të grantit të BE-së për Portin e Durrësit

3. E pavërtetë deklarata e Berishës për shitjen e energjisë 4 herë më lirë se bursa HUPX

4. Duma: 800 kwh në muaj i korrespondojnë një fature prej 7600 lekësh

5. Veliaj: Ne kemi hapur në 6 vite 8 biblioteka

6. “Tirana, më shumë turistë sesa banorë”

7. Dosja e lobimit rus, dy vjet sorollatje e kacafytje në sistemin e drejtësisë dhe në fund Basha u harrua

8. Shpenzimet për fushatat elektorale – “VRIMAT E ZEZA” ME FONDE TË DYSHIMTA

9. Kurbin, shkelet premtimi për përfundimin e rindërtimit të të gjitha banesave individuale

10. Bashkia Lushnje ndërtoi pritën lumore në Thanasaj, por “harroi” rrugën


Faktoje makes mission-based selections of claims to debunk and fact-check, mostly focused in public officials’ declarations or actions on how the taxpayer’s money is being spent, as well as verifying whether public and electoral promises were kept or not. These links correspond to 10 different claims made by central and local governments, selected because of the public impact they have. The listing includes true and false claims made by the same official or level of government, as a proof that the selection or categorization of articles is purely based on applying the same methodology each time. This testifies on Faktoje’s impartiality and focus on public interest.

During these six months we fact-checked electoral promises from local governments, claims from ministries, the prime minister, head of opposition and the mayor of Albania’s capital, on issues of high priority for citizens such as the reconstruction process after the 2019 earthquake, electricity bill prices, not transparent funding of political parties and elections as well as big infrastructure projects.

In each case we apply the same methodology of gathering information from various sources, consulting independent experts on the matter in order to achieve an accurate categorization of claims. Below we briefly explain three examples:

1. Balluku ‘shet’ grantin për kredi. E vërteta e anulimit të grantit të BE-së për Portin e Durrësit

The following fact-checking article is focusing on a claim made by the vice prime minister of Albania, simultaneously the minister of infrastructure, Belinda Balluku. She claimed that she requested the annulment of a 27 million euros loan from the EU for the project of the Durrës port. Actually, as thoroughly explained in the article, through researching public documents and by using the right of requesting official information, Faktoje verified that those 27 million euros were coming as a grant from the EU, not a loan. Also, the reason the grant was suspended was not because of a request made by the Albanian government, but because the project of the reconstruction of the Durres port changed since then, so EU retracted the offer.

Kriza energjetike, më në fund qeveria i hap rrugë bilancit vjetor për fotovoltaikët

For the same ministry, Faktoje chose a promise made to businesses which use photovoltaic plants for electricity consumption, in order for them to use in the summer the excess energy that they produce during winter. The ministry for infrastructure and energy accepted the request to change the scheme who would allow them to do that. Starting from 2023 the Ministry will apply the new scheme which addresses the problem risen by businesses who use green energy.

2. E pavërtetë deklarata e Berishës për shitjen e energjisë 4 herë më lirë se bursa HUPX

The selected claim was by the head of the opposition, Sali Berisha, claiming that Albanian authorities sold electric energy with a price four times lower than the one in the HUPX stock market. Faktoje verified the price with which KESH sold energy and compared it to the Hungarian stock market price, HUPX which is used as reference by Albania and found out that the price was three time slower, not four. Hence the claim was categorized as false.

Duma: 800 kwh në muaj i korrespondojnë një fature prej 7600 lekësh

This claim was made by a member of the opposition party, regarding the government’s proposal of rising the price of energy consumed above an 800-kilowat threshold. She claimed that 800kw of energy per month correspond to a value of 7600 lekë. Faktoje decided to verify the claim which attracted a lot of attention from citizens who were concerned of how much more expensive their electric bill would be. Calculating the price of 800 kw and adding the Value Added Tax, the final price of the bill would be 9200 lekë, making the claim made by the opposition member false.

3. Shpenzimet për fushatat elektorale – “VRIMAT E ZEZA” ME FONDE TË DYSHIMTA

This article is an in-depth analysis verifying the accurate implementation of the law on political parties financing as well as electoral funding. Based on the report of the Central Electoral Committee, Faktoje found that the biggest political parties, especially the ones who profit public funding for electoral campaigns, didn’t do transparency on their funding, even though they amended the law a bit before the general parliamentary elections of 2021, in order to provide more transparent information on the matter. Even though most infringements were made by the party on power, the verification included all parties from all sides.

Dosja e lobimit rus, dy vjet sorollatje e kacafytje në sistemin e drejtësisë dhe në fund Basha u harrua

Another in-depth analysis of a sensitive case regarding electoral campaign fundings, is the one regarding the investigation of possible Russian funding of the opposition party during the 2017 parliamentary elections. Faktoje analysis how the collected evidence on the matter, which took two years, were not enough to shed light on the case, which ended up being “forgotten”.

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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The sample of ten fact checks shows non-partisanship in terms of objectivity and transparency of sources. The diversity of topics shows that the target of fact checks have been claims made by different state actors, representing both the central and local government. Furthermore, the sample shows that the same high standards of evidence have been used and that each fact checks has gone through the same process. Evidence is present in the form of video, photo or direct links, which helps the reader to reach his own conclusion. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The work methodology is well explained in the website. It is easy to find under the 'about us ' category. The methodology section provides enough information on how the claim is selected for fact check, how the research is done, how the evidence is used, how the conclusion is drawn, how the falsehood categories are used and how corrections are made.  


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

A random selection of fact checks over the last year shows that the applicant discloses relevant interest of the sources used. This was the reader can have a better understanding of the sources used. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Transparency and accuracy appear to be the main focus of fact checks produced by the applicant. There is no evidence that the applicant shows support towards a particular political party or is affiliated with any commercial interest of a private company.   


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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. Please find below the documents which consist of the rules and criteria the members of our team must fulfill to be compliant with the highest standards of ethics and impartiality, besides the professionality.

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

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Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has shared three key documents that show the ethical guidelines of the organization of non-partisanship. The code of ethics, the declaration of principles and the confidentiality declaration, show the non-partisanship criteria used by the applicant. Moreover, the website contains a clear statement about the non-partisanship policy. A review of a sample of fact checks shows that the organizations adheres to such ethical standards. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant uses a variety of sources in its fact checks, including links, photos, videos and other documents. In such cases when the source is available online, the link is provided. This enables the user to see the original source and replicate their work if hey wish. Many fact checks published by the applicant debunk the fake news from the war in Ukraine. In that case sources are open and clear so that readers can get more into the background of the matter. Videos from Tiktok are also used more frequently as the source of the news. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

This organization typically uses primary sources in its fact checks. Almost in every published articles, there are more than two sources that provide evidence of the claims made. Secondary sources are rarely used in the random sample that was selected for this assessment. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The random sample shows that usually more than one named source of evidence is provided. Fact checks contain a number of sources, some giving evidence to the background of the claim, some leading to the new information refuting the public claim. Videos from Tiktok are more and more used as evidence in 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

In the random sample used for this assessment, the organization seems to identify only the most relevant sources in its articles and videos. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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.

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Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has shared evidence about its legal identity as a non-profit organization registered in Albania. The independent organizational status is also clearly stated in its website too. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant has shared with IFCN their detailed financial income for the previous year. The same are published in the website. Moreover, the applicant has published in its website the audit reports from previous years. In addition, the website contains information about the donors and the sources of funding, listing all active donors.                                                                                                             


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Faktoje is composed of the Board of Faktoje and the Editorial Team of Faktoje. The Board of Faktoje is composed of 5 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The organizational structure is very clear in their website. In addition to the names and resumes of each staff member, the organization provides detailed information on how and by whom the editorial control is exercised .  


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

There is a separate section in their website that contains the biographies of all staff members and their responsibilities within the organizations. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

*Per t'u rregulluar 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 "you fact check!", 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The information is available on how to contact the organization through email, social media and telephone. The office address is also available in their website. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The "methodology" section is the website contain sufficient information on how the work is done. It explains how claims are selected, how evidence is used, the categories used for assessing the "truthfulness" of claims, and how the correction policies are implemented.


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Overall, the claims selected by the applicant appear to be relevant and important for the society. These topics include public debates around specific issues such as security issues, citizens' welfare, elections, war in Ukraine and others. The organization provides detailed elaboration on each topic, which is another way of emphasizing the significance of selecting such topics in the first place. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

There is a balance of evidence that supports the claims and evidence that seems to undermine it. In some cases there are over five sources used as evidence in fact checks. If the articles is a continuation of a previously made fact check, this is indicated so that the reader can go back to the origin of the story. Overall, evidence is fairly balanced. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

There are no indications that different standards are used in selecting evidence. The same high standards appear to be applied to evidence the claims regardless who made them. The target of such claims include different political parties and different levels of power. Both central and local governments as well as different public officials are targeted for fact checks. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

In many cases, the applicant has contacted directly the source of the claim. In other situations, evidence from online claim is used, which is either in the video or social media format. A random sample shows that the applicant uses different approaches to gathering evidence and connecting claims with the sources.  


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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/fakto-dhe-ti/


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Users are encouraged to cooperate with the organization in terms of sending in claims to check. There is a visible section in the website for interaction with the audience. It is called "You can fact check too" and is simple to use, as it also allows that user to be antonymous. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The correction and complains policy is visible in the website. Users are informed about the steps taken in cases when corrections are made. The audience is also notified when articles have been updated with new information. 


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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

There is only one case from last year where the correction and updates have been done in this organization. The applicant seem to adhere to the correction policies scrupulously. 


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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Faktoje received only one claim from the author of a fact checked article (part of Meta's Third Party Fact Checking Programme) which turned out to be correct even after further verification. Faktoje provided new evidence to the author. Find the details in the link below.

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

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Judging from the only correction published in the previous year, the applicant has made it clear which is the original part and which is the corrected part 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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year 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
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The website contain a section where the reader can be informed about the IFCN code. A link is provided that send the user directly to the 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
28-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We are not the fact-checking unit of a media company, but an independent fact-checking organization.

Jeton Mehmeti Assessor
28-Apr-2023 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The applicant is an independent media company with no links to any parent media company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Jeton Mehmeti.