The Fact Checking and Correction Methodologies at Swarajya

At Swarajya, we have an elaborate process for fact checking for every article that is selected, curated, written, edited, and if required, corrected.

Content Focus

Coverage is focussed on a wide range of topics which include education, tourism, politics, economy, governance, elections, culture, and so on. The focus on any specific domain depends on the election, business, or cultural cycle, and on what may be trending at any given day.

In our years of operation, we have ensured the factual accuracy of the articles published on our website, of the resources being used as citations, about the quotes attributed to leaders, ministers, and other integral administration officials. Across the year, our focus is on diverse topics and domains that vary across regions, and hence, we do not find ourselves constrained to any one specific domain at any given instant.

Article Curation

During the curation of articles, we seek to devote an equal amount of time on all pressing issues for that cycle and ensure claims, perspectives, and opinions of all parties in contention are given unrestricted and visible space on our website for a better understanding of the readers.

Research and Validation

For all the transcripts, info-graphics, and media content curated, we conduct a validation process based on thorough research. Upon coming across any statement, claim, or fact that we suspect as inaccurate, incomplete, misleading, or outdated, we engage the person, organization, or agency in question in order to validate the claim. The burden of validating the claim remains on the person or agency making it.

If the sources cited show that the claim made is accurate, we publish the content with a visible and clear citation to that particular source. The objective is to reduce the confusion that otherwise prevails due to lack of sources, misleading statements, or claims (data or factual) made without evidence or made on the basis of information that might be outdated.

The sources for our articles include the information in the public domain. These include the official government websites, press releases from various ministries, officially curated and published reports from these ministries, and other government portals and records pertaining to data, to name a few. Alongside, reports supporting the same claim from two or more sources are also quoted.

For articles that largely focus on opinions, the expertise of trusted subject experts is taken into consideration. For various domains, numerous experts are consulted as and when necessary. The objective here is to help our users with all the perspectives there are pertaining to a domain or topic, without any bias.

Editing

We have a dedicated team of editors who go through each article, word for word, in order to ensure the factual accuracy and consistency of the article, and that the conclusion drawn or point presented at the end of each article is derived from credible, accessible, and verifiable sources, in order to help the readers to fact-check the piece themselves.

By the time an article is published, it goes through three independent layers of editing and fact-checking, and the people involved are independent to the domain, thus leaving no room for bias or inaccuracy.

Correction Policy

For any new data that is published, updated, or received from an external credible source after the publishing of an article, we clarify, correct, and update the piece accordingly. Alongside, a note is also attached for the reference of the readers that explains the reason for the correction, contains the changes made, and also enables them to reach out to us for further clarification.