European fact-checking organizations approve a Code of professional standards


The "European Code of Standards for Independent Fact-Checking Organisations," which was published today, has been developed through a project involving fact-checking organizations from more than 30 countries across Europe. It is the result of months of research, surveys, debates and discussions among European fact-checkers, as well as academics and other experts in the field. The final version of the Code was approved by 44 out of the 45 organizations who voted.

The Code’s standards, which cover matters ranging from quality sourcing to non-partisanship and financial transparency, must be adhered to for fact-checking organizations to become verified members of the European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN), which will support and represent this community. Membership in the network will signify to the public which European fact-checking organizations are operating independently, ethically and with a commitment to serving the public interest.

With the text of the Code now approved, European fact-checking organizations will meet in Madrid at the end of September to discuss and define the mission and structure of the network and the governance body that will oversee the enforcement of the Code.

In addition, in the coming months, the EFCSN will support Europe’s open source investigation community in developing a separate set of guidelines tailored to their work and mission.

This project is part of the Call of Integrity of Social Media by the European Commission and is led by six European organizations focused on fighting misinformation: Fundación (Spain), AFP (France), CORRECTIV (Germany), DEMAGOG (Poland), Pagella Politica/Facta (Italy) and EU DisinfoLab (Belgium).

Follow the EFCSN’s Twitter and LinkedIn for regular updates on this project.


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