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 organization. https://t.co/yYvcOsn2Z4
— IFCN (@factchecknet) June 7, 2019
The IFCN lists ten verified fact checking organizations from India.
- Alt News
- Digiteye India
- Factly Media & Research
- NewsMobile FACT CHECKER
- T.V Today Network Fact Check
- The Quint – Webqoof
- Vishvas News
The twitter response thread contains comments implicating Alt News as the offending organization, including this tweet hours before the IFCN announcment:
Hello @factchecknet @baybarsorsek @dpfunke, your code of principles says that the members of the applicant org should not be members of any advocacy group. So how did you certify AltNews as compliant when their CEO’s Twitter bio shows that they violate your code? pic.twitter.com/A9UFSWNOjB
— Spaminder Bharti (@attomeybharti) June 7, 2019
Zebra Fact Check called on the IFCN to disclose what criteria it uses to announce a complaint that an IFCN-verified signatory has violated its Code of Principles.
Zebra Fact Check has filed a number of complaints through the IFCN but without noting any public announcement about any of the complaints.