Reasoning: Right, State Propaganda
World Press Freedom Rank: Turkey 157/180
Launched on January 4, 2016, Fact-Checking Turkey is a fact checking site based in Istanbul, Turkey. Fact-Checking Turkey describes itself as “a project of Bosphorus Center for Global Affairs.” According to a Poynter article the Bosphorus Center for Global Affairs is a site operated by pro-government columnist Hilal Kaplan and her spouse Suheyl Ogut.
Read our profile on Turkey’s government influence on media.
Funded by / Ownership
Neither Fact-checking Turkey nor Bosphorus Center for Global Affairs’ ownership is disclosed. However, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) reports that President Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak funds the site. Here is a quote from the report: “Suheyb Ogut manages numerous troll accounts and websites publishing similar sorts of information with the financial support from the Presidential Palace’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak. 23 separate troll accounts that were activated between September 27, 2015 and September 20, 2016, are directed by ‘Global Relations Association’ which is known as ‘Bogazici Global Relations Center.’
Analysis / Bias
In review, Fact-Checking Turkey researches the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, and political analysts by utilizing sources that are state-subsidized and factually mixed such as Anadolu Agency and the Daily Sabah, as well as some credible international sources. Although they are using credible sources such as The Guardian, they spin the information into a favorable narrative for the government. In reviewing numerous fact checks on the website every single one was positive toward Turkey and the Government. While the information and sources may contain elements of truth, the selection of fact checks are biased in favor of the Turkish Government, in particular the ruling AKP party.
According to Poynter “Fact-Checking Turkey is not a fact checking service, but rather a project to counter articles critical of Turkey’s government.” They further state that “Unlike nonpartisan fact-checkers, Fact-Checking Turkey does not use a transparent methodology to adjudicate claims.”
Overall, we rate Fact-Check Turkey Questionable based on promotion of state propaganda while disguised as a fact checker and misleading claims. (M. Huitsing 7/6/2018) Updated (9/1/2018)