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Name of the fact-checking initiative
Contact personContact emailCountryWebsiteCriterion 1a - Organization
Criterion 1b - Organization
Criterion 2a - Nonpartisanship and fairnessCriterion 2b - Nonpartisanship and fairness
Criterion 3 - Transparency of sources
Criterion 4a - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4b - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4c - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 5a - Transparency of methodology
Criterion 5b - Transparency of methodology
Criterion 6a - Open & honest corrections policy
Criterion 6b - Open & honest corrections policy
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9/15/2017 8:30:49AFP fact checkingSophie Nicholsonsophie.nicholson@afp.comFrancehttps://www.afp.com/enAFP (https://www.afp.com/en) is creating a fact-checking blog to build on our work with the Crosscheck project (https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/france-en/). AFP was a key partner of Crosscheck – our journalists had final editorial control of everything published to the site, and we actively sought to investigate and report stories and claims found online or sent in by members of the public. We plan to use that experience to shortly set up a blog dedicated to fact checking, building on our own experience as an international news agencyhttps://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/france-en/Here is a small selection of articles that we worked on closely with Crosscheck
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/checked-french/france-person-allowed-carry-isis-flag-public/
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/checked-french/french-government-prevent-overseas-polling-stations-displaying-marine-le-pens-posters/
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/checked-french/hollande-travel-vote-private-jet/
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/checked-french/poll-published-twitter-french-far-right-party-treasurer-reliable/
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.com/checked-french/does-this-video-show-a-foreigner-hitting-two-employees-from-a-hospital-in-france/

Fact checking is an integral part of our work as an international news agency and coherent standards are first ensured by the observance of AFP’s own stringent Code of Editorial Standards and AFP charter.
AFP will now dedicate specific human resources to a fact-checking blog, under the authority of the global editor-in-chief and global news director
Excerpt from AFP’s Code of editorial standards : “AFP understands that its staff members will engage in such external activities as community affairs, politics, support for social or other causes, independent writing including books and online projects. While the Agency respects staff members’ freedom to do so, there must be a clear separation between what is done in a personal capacity and in a professional capacity. It is reasonable to identify ourselves as working for AFP, but the Agency’s name should not be used for promotion or in campaigning, and the Agency should be informed. We must do nothing that might cast doubt on our ability to provide unbiased coverage or that impinges on the Agency’s reputation for impartiality. Nothing in this is intended to restrict AFP journalists from engaging in these activities; the aim is to ensure that outside interests do not come into conflict with AFP's interests or reputation.”Sources will be provided so that readers can follow the fact-checking process from A-Z. This will include posting tweets, links, pictures, screen grabs of reports, and any other relevant elements. We will identify sources in full, including a link to the sourceAFP’s fact checking is part of the newsroom activity of AFP. The company itself has a unique status under a French law (https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000315388). AFP resources are both commercial (around two thirds) and from a French government subsidy to support impartial, public interest journalism in France and abroad. The list of people involved AFP’s fact checking project is incomplete as we are in the process of naming a journalist dedicated to fact checking on a daily basis. These are the key actors in the initiative : • Michèle Léridon, Global news director • Phil Chetwynd, Global editor-in-chief • Grégoire Lemarchand, Deputy global editor-in-chief, head of Social Media • Sophie Nicholson, Journalist, Social Media • Christophe Schmidt, Deputy global news directorhttps://www.afp.com/en/contactMethodology We aim to transparently show the steps we take throughout the debunking process. Starting out with a specific question, we will seek to investigate and report dubious stories and claims that may or may not end up on our newswires. Our editors will start by trying to contact the person behind a claim, as well as checking with our own archives and journalists. We will also seek non-partisan, publicly available information in our investigations, and link to it online. We will seek specialist advice from identifiable sources where necessary. A second journalist will review and assess each report before it is published online.We will include a contact form on the fact-checking blogExcerpt from AFP’s Code of Editorial Standards (see above) : “AFP must correct errors quickly and transparently. The Agency does not set a time limit on corrections - even if days or weeks have passed, factual errors must be corrected and if necessary, the story killed and removed from the database.”Before we publish fact checks on our dedicated blog, we can give examples of corrections on our newswire:

Example 1 :

CORRECTED: Philippine bank executive arrested for fraud
/ Manila (Philippines)
- 24 July 2017 10:07
- AFP
- LEAD
CORRECTION: In Philippines-banking-Metrobank-fraud, lead moved on July 21, please read an internal error sted computer virus in para 18. Here is a corrected repetition:
Philippines banking Metrobank fraud
24 July 2017
<image006.png>#BOC75 : Arrest, shares fall as Philippine bank hit by fraud
A senior executive has been arrested for defrauding the Philippines' second-largest bank in a scandal that sent the institution's shares tumbling Friday, officials said.



Last month, a glitch described as an "internal system error" forced the Bank of the Philippine Islands to shut down online access to its services and cash machines for two consecutive days.


Example 2:

S. Korea missile exercise after N. Korea nuke test: Yonhap
/ Seoul (South Korea)
- 04 September 2017 04:36
- AFP
- LEAD
CORRECTS day in intro to XX Monday XX sted of Sunday as sent
NKorea SKorea US nuclear missile
South Korea launched a ballistic missile exercise early Monday in response to Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, state news agency Yonhap reported.
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