Фото: ЕФЦСН

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) presented its
Governance Body and newly-written Code of professional standards at a public
event in Brussels on November 16 attended by representatives of EU institutions, digital media platforms and civil society.

Over the past year, the EFCSN project has brought together nearly 50
fact-checking organisations from across Europe to write a Code of professional
standards that organisations will need to meet in order to join the network.

Metamorphosis Foundation from Skopje is one of the founding members of EFCSN, which has been fully involved in the penning of the Code and the Statute of this organization since the very beginning. Metamorphosis Foundation is the sole member of EFCSN from North Macedonia.

Membership in the network will signify to the public which European fact-checking organisations are operating independently, ethically and with a commitment to serving the public interest.

The Chair of the EFCSN’s Governance Body, co-founder and CEO of Maldita.es (Spain) Clara Jiménez Cruz, opened the event by outlining the EFCSN’s aims to serve as a representative voice for fact-checkers who meet its standards, which range from matters like non-partisanship to quality sourcing and financial transparency.

The EFCSN is “an organisation that is at the same time extremely demanding, that has pushed its members to strive for excellence and incredibly high standards, but that is also overly inclusive of the experiences of those organisations that were already present in the field,” she said.

“Transparency is our shield against distrust, collaboration is our weapon against disinformation” she added, in allusion to the strict transparency requirements from the Code and the extraordinary capacity for cooperation the fact-checking community has shown over the years and that is formalised with the creation of the EFCSN.