19 European media outlets from 13 countries are fact-checking the May 2019 European elections for you

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20 Minutes

La section Fake Off de 20 Minutes a été créée pour pour lutter contre les rumeurs, hoax et fausses informations qui circulent sur le web et les réseaux sociaux. Nous accordons une attention particulière aux intox diffusées par les utilisateurs des réseaux sociaux, du fait de leur rapidité de propagation et de leur puissance. Nous ciblons les fausses informations très virales, mais aussi celles qui s’ancrent dans une actualité récente, ainsi que les rumeurs récurrentes et tenaces, qui peuvent revenir régulièrement sur les réseaux, même à plusieurs années d’intervalle. Nous vérifions ces affirmations de manière non partisane, en accord avec notre charte tout en étant transparents sur nos sources : liens directs vers les sources, citations non anonymes, chiffres et méthodologie.

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AFP

AFP Factuel est le blog de fact-checking de l'Agence France-Presse, l'une des trois grandes agences de presse dans le monde. Lancé en novembre 2017, l'activité de fact-checking à l'AFP existe désormais en français, anglais, espagnol et portugais, dans de nombreux pays sur plusieurs continents et avec plusieurs dizaines de journalistes. L'AFP vise à rétablir la vérité factuelle sur des sujets qui font débat dans l'espace public avec des articles sourcés et pédagogiques.

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CheckNews

Sur CheckNews, l'équipe de fact-checking de Libération répond directement aux questions des internautes sur l'actualité pour les aider à démêler le vrai du faux. CheckNews, c'est un moteur de recherche humain qui permet aux lecteurs de saisir directement les journalistes, qui prennent le temps d'enquêter avant de leur répondre. Notre promesse: «vous demandez, nous vérifions».

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CORRECTIV Faktencheck

CORRECTIV.Faktencheck ist eine eigene Redaktion innerhalb des Recherchezentrums CORRECTIV und arbeitet gezielt gegen Desinformation im Internet. Unser Ziel sind aufgeklärte Bürger, die sich auf Basis von verlässlichen Informationen eine politische Meinung bilden und so am politischen Diskurs teilnehmen können.

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Ellinika Hoaxes (Greek Hoaxes)

Ellinika Hoaxes is a Greek fact-checking website, registered as an NGO with the stated goal of tackling disinformation. Our fact-checking activity includes issues such as politics, pseudoscience, racist and xenophobic fake news, fake claims that proliferate through social media, historical hoaxes etc. The data we use is always multifaceted, impartial, reputable and relevant with the subject we are investigating. We also include tips for things to watch out for so readers can develop a critical eye able to spot fake news themselves. Τhe scope of our planned activities involves fact-checking, development of online tools to spot fake news, organising conferences, seminars, and generally raising awareness about disinformation.

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FactCheckNI

FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland's first dedicated fact-checking service, investigating claims and publishing articles on contemporary and contentious topics. It believes that fact-checking can be a tool for reconciliation, by fostering a culture of critical thinking that transcends societal divisions. FactCheckNI has trained thousands of young people in school and out-of-school environments. It is developing its reach through partnership with Stockholm University in a European Commission research project, Co-Inform.

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Faktograf.hr

Faktograf.hr is the first and only fact-checking media in Croatia. It is the project of Gong, the biggest watchdog NGO in Croatia. Main focus is on fact-checking claims made by politically exposed persons in Croatia, with the special attention on statements given by members of Government on topical issues. Faktograf.hr estimates accountability of Government through measuring of fulfillment of pre-election promises and through writing articles about Government's transparency. Faktograf.hr also works on debunking of fake news and hoaxes. Faktograf.hr collaborates with the CNN afiliate N1 television with the national coverege.

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France 24

Les Observateurs de France 24 est une plateforme de journalisme participatif avec une équipe de journalistes basée à Paris et un réseau de 5000 contributeurs amateur dans le monde entier. Une partie intégrante de notre travail est de vérifier les photos et vidéos amateur qui circulent sur les réseaux sociaux, ou celles que nous recevons, pour alerter nos lecteurs sur ce qui est faux. Nous leur donnons des conseils pour qu’ils puissent apprendre comment vérifier par eux-mêmes les images qui circulent sur internet.

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La Voce.info

Lavoce.info is an Italian online magazine that deals with economic issue, providing its readers with deep and informed analysis. It was founded in 2002 by a pool of economists leaded by Tito Boeri in order to create a magazine with the same strictness of a scientific journal but with the easier language and approach of a traditional media.

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Lead Stories

Lead Stories is a U.S. based fact checker with a presence in Europe and during the election campaign for the E.U. Parliament coverage will include common misconceptions or wrong information American audiences may see about this campaign.

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Les Décodeurs

Les Décodeurs du Monde vérifient déclarations, assertions et rumeurs en tous genres ; ils mettent l’information en forme et la remettent dans son contexte; ils répondent à vos questions. Initialement créé sous la forme d'un blog consacré à la vérification des déclarations de personnalités politiques en 2009, Les Décodeurs sont devenus une rubrique à part entière du Monde en 2014, dédiée à la vérification des faits, à l'explication de l'actualité et au journalisme de données.

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Maldita.es

Maldito Bulo es el proyecto de verificación del discurso público de Maldita.es, un medio español sin ánimo de lucro que lucha contra la desinformación a través de una comunidad integrada que nos informa lo que se está volviendo viral en cada momento a través de las redes sociales y un Servicio de WhatsApp. El objetivo de Maldito Bulo es hacer que los desmentidos sean tan virales como la desinformación en sí misma. Para ello hemos creado un formato de imagen innovador que se puede compartir fácilmente y publicamos directamente en redes sociales sin que nuestra comunidad necesite acceder a nuestra página web. Utilizamos las herramientas, los formatos y los espacios de la desinformación para combatirla. Somos el único proyecto de fact- checking español seleccionado para el Grupo de alto nivel de expertos contra noticias falsas designado por la Comisión Europea y fuimos seleccionados para el Premio a la Innovación Europea de Prensa 2018. Ademas, colaboramos con diferentes programas de televisión y radio ampliando nuestro impacto y alcance.

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Newtral

Newtral is a media start-up focused on the audiovisual innovation, new narratives, data journalism, verification and fact-checking. Newtral produces “El Objetivo de Ana Pastor”, a TV show broadcasted on national TV La Sexta and first and only program with a fact-checking segment in Spain. Newtral is the first Spanish IFCN signatory, and received the Best Audiovisual Award 2018 at the Global Fact 5th summit for fact-checks on Instagram Stories.

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Observador

O Observador é um jornal online português que aposta nos Fact Checks desde junho de 2015. Os nossos primeiros Fact Checks concentraram-se nas áreas de política e economia, mas foram-se alargando a outras áreas e hoje focam-se muito, também, em temas de saúde e ciência, onde a desinformação é grande. O Observador foi eleito o melhor jornal generalista de 2018.

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Pagella Politica

Pagella Politica è il principale progetto italiano di fact-checking politico. Ha all’attivo collaborazioni con la TV pubblica RAI2, per la quale cura un segmento bisettimanale durante il talk-show Night Tabloid. Cura inoltre un articolo di fact-checking quotidiano per AGI, una delle principali agenzie di stampa italiane. A partire dal febbraio 2018, Pagella Politica è entrata a far parte del programma di collaborazione con Facebook per contrastare la diffusione di notizie false sulla piattaforma. Fondata nel 2012 e firmataria del Codice dei principi dell’International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), Pagella Politica ha verificato oltre 2.500 dichiarazioni politiche e il suo lavoro è stato citato in numerosi media nazionali e internazionali, tra cui l’Economist, il Washington Post e il New York Times.

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Patikrinta 15min

Patikrinta 15min – is the first fact checking project in all three Baltic States, created in 2016, just before Lithuanian Parliament election. In 2018 Patikrinta 15min became a signatory of IFCN Code of principles. Patikrinta 15min is a part of 15min - the second largest online media outlet in Lithuania.

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TheJournal.ie

TheJournal.ie's FactCheck is the first and only dedicated fact-checking project in Ireland. Run by the biggest news website in the country, TheJournal.ie's FactCheck checks factual claims made by public figures about newsworthy and topical issues, as well as memes, hoaxes and viral content. It plays a key role in debunking false and misleading information during national votes, including Ireland's contentious abortion referendum in 2018. Its factcheckers have collaborated with national television and radio shows to carry out live factchecks of major news events, and have a won a number of awards for their work.

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TjekDet

Ugemagasinet Mandag Morgen står bag initiativet TjekDet. Vi tager en beslutningstagers eller samfundsdebattørs påstand på ordet. Vi tjekker en oplysning, der vedholdende cirkulerer i den offentlige debat. Ikke mindst på de sociale medier. Vi har skabt et samlende univers, hvor vi ikke alene bringer egne faktatjek, men også anbefaler andre indenlandske og udenlandske kilders tjek af påstande. Ligesom vi skriver eller anbefaler artikler, der analyserer og sætter den offentlige debat i større perspektiv.

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Viralgranskaren

Ett faktagranskarinitiativ på den svenska tidningen Metro. Kollar virala påståenden och hjälper människor att bli mer källkritiska på nätet. Startade 2014 och har prisbelönats flera gånger, däribland Stora journalistpriset.

How does it work?

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Why FactCheckEU?

European signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles have joined forces to answer your questions about the EU elections.


On this site, you will find fact checks on the elections published by our partners, debunks and facts around commonly help misperceptions about Europe and answers to all your questions about the elections. In the Q&A section, you can ask our journalists to verify something you read and one of our European partners will take the time to investigate and respond. Our goal? To create a direct link with our readers and restore some trust in the media by being transparent about our choices and replying to our audience’s questions directly, regardless of their partisan preferences.


We will be publishing several articles a week in their original language and translated into english to reach a wide European public.

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Who answers the questions?

19 European media outlets from 13 countries that are signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) code of principles.


Being an IFCN verified signatory requires committing to 12 different criteria on transparency, ethics, methodology and impartiality. Signatories must apply to be evaluated by a journalism expert as compliant every year.

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How are the subjects selected?

All fact-checks published by one of our partners that cover subjects of relevance for the European Parliament elections will be published on this site.


We commit to the extent possible to answer all questions around these elections that need verification, to the extent where we can provide a fact check as a response.

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Who is funding?

This project is entirely independent of EU institutions and other governmental actors. The platform was built by Libération and Datagif thanks to an innovation grant from the Poynter Institute worth $50,000. Other costs — primarily the salary of a full-time project coordinator for six months and the costs of translating content — are covered through grant support from Google (€44,000), the Open Society Initiative for Europe (€40,000) and the IFCN (€10,000).