In order to increase the quality of the institutional framework for fact-checking and the ecosystem for good journalism, Faktograf follows and participates in the shaping of the regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation in the digital communication sphere. In addition, for the purpose of quality sharing of knowledge and experiences with colleagues, Faktograf is also active in numerous networks and initiatives on a national, regional, European, and global level.
Faktograf is a member of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), an international network of organisations dedicated to fact-checking, since 2017.
For the sixth consecutive year, in June 2022 Faktograf received a positive grade in the IFCN’s verification process, which is a confirmation of our upholding of high standards prescribed by the IFCN’s Code of Principles.
Since July 2021, as a Faktograf representative, Ana Brakus has been participating in the IFCN’s “Anti-harassment” working group, founded with the goal of addressing and combating the number of threats and harassment to which fact-checkers around the world are exposed.
Faktograf also participated in the European Commission Consultation: Safeguarding media freedom in the EU – new rules.
Faktograf provided assistance to the initiation of the European Fact-Checking Standards Network. The SEE Check Network also supported the consortium consisting of fact-checking organizations Maldita.es, Agence France-Presse, Pagella Politica, Correctiv, Demagog and EU Disinfo Lab. The goal is to set up high standards of openness, transparency, and participation during the shaping of the Professional Integrity Code for European fact-checking organizations and to establish the European network by the end of 2022.
Faktograf registered its interests in public policies related to misinformation and disinformation (Digital Services Act, Code of Practice on Disinformation), encouraging environment for sustainable journalism in the interest of the public (European Democracy Action Plan, Media Freedom Act, Anti-SLAPP Directive, European standards of the Journalism Trust Initiative) and business models for sustainable journalism in the interest of the public (Data Governance Act, Artificial Intelligence Act, Media and Audiovisual Action Plan) with the EU Transparency Register(ID 521295644592-54).
Faktograf signed the strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation in June 2022. (Q&A, Factsheet, Signatories and commitments). Faktograf’s representative, Jelena Berković, participated in its shaping, as an observer for Faktograf and SEE Check. Faktograf also joined the assessment that “Big Tech has 7 months to prove that this is a ‘new dawn’ in the fight against disinformation“ made by organisations for digital human rights and evaluating factual accuracy (Avaaz, Demagog, Globsec, Maldita, Newsback, NewsGuard, Pagella Politica, VOST Europe and Who Targets Me). As one of the first signatories of the strengthened Code, Faktograf participates in the working group that will monitor the implementation of the Code and its further strengthening.
SEE Check is a network of six organizations from five Southeastern Europe countries that work together on promoting responsible journalism, improving the quality of media literacy, and fighting misinformation and disinformation in the public space.
The network was unofficially established in March 2020 and currently consists of the portals, i.e. the publishers of the Raskrinkavanje.ba, Raskrinkavanje.me, Faktograf.hr, Raskrikavanje.rs, Fakenews Tragač and Razkrinkavanje.si portals.
Faktograf’s senior advisor, Jelena Berković, works as the network’s program coordinator.
The SEE Check network has from its very beginning been operating as a virtual regional editorial board focused on a regional approach to topics and on common analyses, with the participation of several editorial boars.
Regional analyses of this virtual editorial board are published on the SEE Check network’s portal in English. In addition, the most significant analyses of each individual portal that is part of the SEE Check network are regularly translated and published.
Together with Kurziv–Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society and Association for the Promotion of Media Culture, Art and Tolerance “Lupiga – the World Seen Through the Common Eyes” Faktograf initiated the founding of the Federation of Non-Profit Media Publishing Associations as a representative and advocating body. The goal of the project, which received support from the Active Citizens’ Fund is to provide support to its members in the process of submitting and implementing projects on an international and European level and to represent them in the processes of advocating adequate public policies.
Faktograf’s participation in public consultations is available here:
- Consultation on the proposal for the regulation on the conditions for entry into the electronic publications providers register + Report on performed consultation
- Introductory notice in the preparation of the Support Scheme and the Public Call for Grants – Initial framework: goals, activities and criteria + Report on performed consultation
- Consultation on the Draft Call for Grants: Establishment of a Media Fact Check System