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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faktenfinder

ARD-faktenfinder

(public, non-profit news)

Based in: Hamburg, Germany

Launched in: 2017

Initiator: Patrick Gensing (journalist and editor)

Main source of income: Fees

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 4

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 40

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 150

Focus topics: Political issues, disinformation campaigns

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • Investigate rumours
  • Correct false reports
  • Provide background information on current topics

Last update: 12/21

debunk_eu

Debunk.eu

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Vilnius, Lithuania

Launched in: 2017

Initiator: Viktoras Dauksas

Main source of income: Grants

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: 300.000 Euros (2020)

Number of fact checkers: 15

Hours spent on fact checking per week: ca. 600

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 100

Focus topics: Misinformation/disinformation in the Baltics, AI-driven verfication, collaborative verification (newsrooms + civil society)

Formats: Reports/white papers

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • research disinformation in the public space
  • run media literacy campaigns
  • strive for a better-informed, more resilient society

Last update: 01/22

Elinika

Ellinika Hoaxes

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Thessaloniki, Greece

Launched in: 2012

Initiator: Theodoros Daniilidis (fact checker)

Main source of income: Facebook grants

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 9

Hours spent on fact checking per week: –

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 450

Focus topics: conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, political agitation, viral hoaxes

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • bring down false information on the (Greek) internet and protect it as a valuable source of information
  • investigate and “demolish”
  • be open for good arguments and credible sources
  • stay transparent and politically independent

Last update: 04/22

disinfo_lab

EU DisinfoLab

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Brussels, Belgium

Launched in: 2017

Initiator: Alexandre Alaphillipe, Gary Machado (as citizens)

Main source of income: Grants, subsidies

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: –

Hours spent on fact checking per week: –

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: –

Focus topics: exposing disinfo networks and strategies, digital forensics

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • create a society in which all citizens understand the informational context they live in and are less susceptible to attempts of manipulation (especially on social media)
  • promote education, quality information, integrity, democracy / rule of law, and collective action

Last update: 12/21

EUfactcheck

EU FactCheck

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Utrecht, Netherlands

Launched in: 2019

Initiator: Alexandre Alaphillipe, Gary Machado (as citizens)

Main source of income: Grants

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 50

Hours spent on fact checking per week: –

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 120

Focus topics: supra-national policies in Europe, political statements regarding the EU or EU countries

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • build a sustainable curriculum unit on fact-checking within a European network of journalism schools
  • give students (and the public) deeper insights into democratic processes on the national and European level – and foster their interest in what’s going on
  • spark fact-based debates in the EU
  • stimulate media and information literacy

Last update: 05/22

factual_ro

Factual.ro

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Bucharest, Romania

Launched in: 2014

Initiator: A group of volunteers (young professionals)

Main source of income: Donations (crowdfunding)

Other sources of income: One grant (2016)

Annual expenditure: 2000 Euros (2020)

Number of fact checkers: 5

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 20

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 150

Focus topics: Verification of political statements in Romania

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • foster fact-based public debates
  • fight populism

Last update: 01/22

fhj_factory

FHJ Factory

(public, non-profit)

Based in: Tilburg, Netherlands

Launched in: 2008

Initiator: Monique Hamers (teacher)

Main source of income: Educational funding

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 2

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 3

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 35

Focus topics: Viral claims

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • fact-checking – “perhaps the most important principle in journalism”
  • check statements by politicians, companies, NGOs, and journalists
  • verify photos and videos
  • blog about latest developments in both the fact checking and the disinfo scene

Last update: 04/22

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Infox.fr

(private, for profit)

Based in: Paris, France

Launched in: 2019

Initiator: Spin Partners (a consulting firm)

Main source of income: Commercial income

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: –

Hours spent on fact checking per week: –

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: –

Focus topics: –

Formats: Business controversies, scientific controversies

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • consult/support organizations and individuals confronted with misinformation and disinformation

Last update: 05/22

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Källkritikbyrån

(private, for profit)

Based in: Stockholm, Sweden

Launched in: 2020

Initiator: Linnéa Jonjons, Åsa Larsson, Jack Werner (journalists)

Main source of income: Collaborations

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 1

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 30

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: –

Focus topics: Viral claims

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
  • Facebook
Mission statement / Objectives
  • verify/falsify/contextualize claims that have gone viral on social media
  • provide correct and relevant information to readers
  • stay committed to ethical, independent journalism

Last update: 05/22

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Les Surligneurs

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Paris, France

Launched in: 2017

Initiator: Vincent Couronne (an academic)

Main source of income: Subsidies, advertisements

Other sources of income: –

Annual expenditure: –

Number of fact checkers: 20

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 100

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 150

Focus topics: Political statements

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • analyze/verify statements by public figures with a focus on legal compliance (“legal checking”)
  • discuss political news from a legal point of view
  • put the law back at the heart of public debates

Last update: 05/22

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

nelez

NELEŽ

(private, non-profit)

Based in: Prague, Czech Republic

Launched in: 2020

Initiator: a group of media professionals

Main source of income: none

Other sources of income: none

Annual expenditure: none

Number of fact checkers: –

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 5-10

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: –

Focus topics: disinfo monetization

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • stand for the truth and against disinformation
  • fight the monetization of disinformation, alert unwitting brands about ads appearing in a shady context

Last update: 04/22

pagella

Pagella Politica

(private, for profit)

Based in: Milan, Italy

Launched in: 2012

Initiator: Pietro Curatolo, Daniele De Bernardin, Federica Fusi, Giorgio Gagnor, Amerigo Lombardi, Alexios Mantzarlis, Flavia Mi, Andrea Saviolo, Silvia Sommariva e Carlo Starace (all students at the time)

Main source of income: Media partnerships, European projects

Other sources of income:

Annual expenditure:

Number of fact checkers: 4

Hours spent on fact checking per week: 160

Pieces of fact checking/verification content published annually: 600

Focus topics: political statements

Formats: Online articles/blog posts

Partnerships / associated organisations
Mission statement / Objectives
  • foster political debates based on hard facts and reliable data
  • hold politicians to account
  • verify and analyze
  • enable dialogue and build trust
  • be transparent
  • remain independent

Last update: 04/22

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