The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a forum for fact checkers worldwide. IFCN publishes a Code of Principles, which is a series of commitments that organisations abide by to promote excellence in fact checking.
FactCheckNI is a verified signatory of the code. We display a badge of verification on our homepage and throughout our website. You can read our applications and assessments of our compliance on the IFCN Code of Principles website.
The Code of Principles are:
Commitment to Nonpartisanship and Fairness
We fact check claims using the same standard for every fact check. We do not concentrate our fact checking on any one side. We follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate our conclusions. We do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues we fact check.
Commitment of Transparency of Sources
We want our readers to be able to verify our findings themselves. We provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate our work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, we provide as much detail as possible.
Commitment to Transparency of Funding and Organization
We are transparent about our funding sources. If we accept funding from other organizations, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports. We detail the professional background of all key figures in our organization and explain our organizational structure and legal status. We clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with us.
Commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology
We explain the methodology we use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct our fact checks. We encourage readers to send us claims to fact check and are transparent on why and how we fact check.
Commitment to Open and Honest Corrections Policy
We publish our corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. We correct clearly and transparently in line with our corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.
Our fact checks cover the political spectrum in Northern Ireland, and with claims by individual parties and their representatives both validated and rebuked; we publish the results of all claims that we research.
Everyone involved at FactCheckNI — volunteers, interns, committee members, team managers and the board — work under the fundamental principles of impartiality, transparency and accuracy; these are reflected in our organisation’s Code of Conduct.
Impartiality means that we cover claims across the political spectrum, without fear or favour. We check all sides, and provide the widest range of sources for a fact‐checked claim. Our final articles involve many participants in its creation, and thus we do not publish author by‐lines; you can review our personnel here.
We fact check claims for accuracy; we do not question the motivation or intent of the person or organisation making the claim.
Our goal is to promote a political debate that is rooted in numbers and facts, rather than stereotypes and prejudices.