Repository: Fact-Checking Initiatives in the EU (and in the UK)

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This is the editorial section of the EDMO repository of European fact-checking initiatives. Scroll down to read the portraits and learn more about individual operations across Europe.
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maldita

Maldita

(private, non-profit news)

Based in: Madrid, Spain

Launched in: 2017

Main source of income: Crowd funding

Other sources of income: media collaborations, grants, projects, services

Annual expenditure: 700.000 Euros (2020)

Number of fact checkers: 15

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 700

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 1700

Focus topics: Fact-checking and debunking with regard to politics and social issues (migration, gender), science, technology and everything else that’s relevant.

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • monitor and supervise political discourse
  • promote transparency
  • verify and fight against misinformation
  • promote media and information literacy (MIL) as well as MIL tools
  • help people “not to be fooled”; establish an informed community able to fight back against all kinds of lies and propaganda

Last update: 10/21

poligrafo

Poligrafo

(private, for-profit news)

Based in: Lisbon, Portugal

Launched in: 2018

Initiator: Fernando Esteves

Main source of income: Facebook Third Party Program

Other sources of income:

Annual expenditure: 350.000 Euros (2020)

Number of fact checkers: 8

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 400

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 1300

Focus topics: Viral hoaxes, political statements

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • establish truth in the public sphere
  • serve audiences
  • advocate liberal democracy
  • be politically independent
  • be transparent
  • use new technologies in journalism
  • stick to journalism ethics and standards

Last update: 10/21

rfi

RFI Les Dessous de L'Infox

(public, non-profit news)

Based in: Issy-les-Moulineaux / Paris, France

Launched in: 2017

Initiator: RFI Newsdesks

Main source of income: Public funds (French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs)

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 1

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 1.5

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 50

Focus topics: Disinformation in international news

Formats: (Online) Radio show

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • Spot the fake in the news, help people see more clearly.

Last update: 11/21

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Tjekdet

(private, non-profit news)

Based in: Denmark, Copenhagen

Launched in: 2016

Initiator: Lisbeth Knudsen

Main source of income: Public funds

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: 670.000 Euros (2020)

Number of fact checkers: 5

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 180

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 200

Focus topics: Political statements, digital forensics, heath issues, viral hoaxes

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • foster an informed, qualified public debate; strengthen democratic dialogue
  • fight mis- and disinformation
  • offer nuanced fact-checking

Last update: 10/21