Fact-checkers personally targeted By partisan attacksPoynter #Fact_CheckingAugust 8, 2019
This was news to Brkan, the founding president of the media NGO Zašto Ne which hosts the fact-checking platform Raskrinkavanje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
All this, presumably, because Raskrinkavanje had not only fact-checked Avaz but also identified the paper as one of the most prominent producers and sharers of disinformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In recent months, both Brkan and Mehmet Atakan Foça of Teyit.org in Turkey have been victim to these kinds of charges, which in both cases emerged from partisan bodies seeking to discredit their work and credibility.
Raskrinkavanje also published two fact-checks of Avaz’s claims, debunking them “the same way we would any other,” Brkan said.
“I laughed!” Foça told the IFCN about his initial reaction.
There’s also the issue of Foça having to release private information about his own family.
The politician who shared the claim on Twitter, Sinan Oğan, is right-wing, and Foça suspects that he took issue with Teyit’s focus on Syrian refugees.
“We publish a lot of fact-checks about Syrian refugees.
When we check false information about them … we prevent him from spreading disinformation to target them.”
Correction: This story has been updated to identify the fact-checking platform that fact-checked Avaz, Raskrinkavanje.
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