Independence and who we work with
We have rigorous safeguards in place at every level of our organisation to ensure our independence and impartiality. These have been carefully constructed based on advice from our board and examples ranging from Amnesty International to the BBC. They include the cross-party board, fundraising safeguards including transparency of funding, a conflict of interests policy, restrictions on staff political activity which you can read about on our jobs page, feedback processes, operating guidelines, external reviews, and more. Most importantly, they include carefully recruiting staff who are sensitive to these issues.
Ultimately, it is for you to judge for yourself whether we succeed—we encourage everyone to judge our individual fact checks and our body of work as a whole. We provide links to all sources so that you can check what we’ve said for yourself.
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What follows is a statement Full Fact is required to make under the European Fact Checking Standards Network Code of Practice. These rules have always applied to our work.
Full Fact is not under the editorial control of the state, a political party or a politician and will not focus investigations on one particular political party or side of the political spectrum.
Full Fact will not employ any person who holds a salaried or prominent position in a political party, government, or public company under the direct control of a political party or government and will not ask or advise the readers to vote for any political parties, candidates for public office, or policies other than those which are pertinent to our charitable mission to inform and improve public debate.
Full Fact will not conclude any agreement or partnership with a political party and will address any reasonable conflict of interest or political bias from the experts or organisations we quote or use.
Full Fact will warn employees not to make political statements in the name of the operation and to not accept any gifts, favours, or services with advantageous conditions in a working environment that go beyond common social and courtesy items.