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IFCN News: IFCN Re-verifies Lead Stories

The International Fact-Checking Network accepted the re-verification of the fact-checking organization Lead Stories on June 13, 2019. The annual assessment, by independent assessor Margot Susca, was dated May 17, 2019. Susca rated Lead Stories fully compliant with IFCN criteria, recommending the IFCN accept Lead Stories as compliant with the Code of Principles: I think Lead Stories has shown that it…
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IFCN News: Fact Check Georgia re-verified

On June 14, 2019 Fact Check Georgia re-appeared on the International Fact-Checking Network’s list of verified signatories to its Code of Principles. The independent assessment was dated May 24, 2019, and shows on the IFCN website as accepted by its governing board on June 13, 2019. The independent assessor, Sarphan Uzunoğlu, praised Fact Check Georgia’s professionalism: It seems to be…
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IFCN News: What’s Happening with Alt News (India)

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On June 7, 2019 the International Fact-Checking Network announced that one of its verified signatory organizations stood accused of breaching the IFCN Code of Principles. Later reports appeared to confirm that Alt News (based in India) was the accused organization. Critics alleged that one of Alt News’ executives held membership in a political advocacy organization. The IFCN Code of Principles…
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IFCN News: Pesa Check joins the ranks of “expired verified signatories”

One day after the International Fact-Checking Network moved France’s Libération – CheckNews to the list of “expired verified signatories,” Kenya’s Pesa Check joined it there. Pesa Check was verified by the IFCN on June 12, 2018. The IFCN requires annual re-certification of signatories to its statement of principles (related: IFCN principles in for changes). With a year having passed since…
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IFCN News: Libération – CheckNews joins list of “expired verified signatories”

The International Fact-Checking Network today moved the French Fact-Checking site Libération – CheckNews to its list of “expired verified signatories.” The move brings the total number of “expired verified signatories” to 21. Sixty-one signatories remain on the separate “verified” list. IFCN Director Baybars Örsek has said “expired verified signatories” remain signatories in good standing during the re-verification process. The IFCN…
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IFCN News: Revisions coming to IFCN Code of Principles

A June 11, 2019 post at Poynter.org’s page of fact-checking stories includes a paragraph announcing that Peter Cunliffe-Jones, former director of Africa Check and recently named as senior advisor for the International Fact-Checking Network, will work on revising the IFCN Code of Principles: Peter Cunliffe-Jones, the founder of Africa Check and recently announced senior advisor of the IFCN, will deliver…
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IFCN News: Maldito Bulo moves to lapsed verification list, FactCheck.org doesn’t (Updated)

Today, by 12:30 a.m. EDT, the International Fact-Checking Network had moved Maldito Bulo, a fact-checking organization from Spain, from its “Verified Signatories” list to the “Expired Verified Signatories” list. Maldito Bulo’s certification date was June 7, 2018. FactCheck.org (United States) shared the same certification date but it remained on the “Verified Signatory” list. IFCN Director Baybars Örsek has said organizations…
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IFCN News: Fact checker from India violates IFCN Code of Principles?

The International Fact-Checking Network today announced via Twitter that it received a report that one of its verified signatories from India had violated the IFCN Code of Principles. We have been informed of a potential violation of the IFCN code of principles by one of our verified signatories in India. Further evaluation will be followed by communication with the related…
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IFCN News: Five fact-checking organizations coming due for reverification in June

June Anniversaries Five of 65 verified signatories to the International Fact-Checking Network’s statement of principles will come due for re-verification in June 2019. FactCheck.org (US) June 7, 2018 Libération – CheckNews (France) June 11, 2018 Maldito Bulo (Spain) June 7, 2018 Pesa Check (Kenya) June 12, 2018 Science Feedback (France) June 7, 2018 IFCN Director Baybars Örsek has said that…
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IFCN News: The Fine Print from the Code of Principles

What does the IFCN Code of Principles Require? The International Fact-Checking Network first published its Code of Principles in 2016. After Facebook made adherence to the IFCN’s code of principles a requirement for partnering in its effort to limit misinformation, the IFCN developed an application and review process for would-be signatories. The application elaborates on the text of the original…
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