FactChecker.in is India’s first dedicated Fact Check initiative. Since early 2013, we have been scrutinizing and researching for veracity and context, statements made by individuals in public life. As well as picking up on issues where we feel there is a strong need to examine data that is in public domain. In February 2014, we decided to spin it off into a separate website.
FactChecker.in is an initiative of The Spending & Policy Research Foundation which also runs www.indiaspend.org, India’s first data journalism initiative. We are located in Lower Parel in Mumbai and are registered as a Charitable Trust with the Charity Commissioner, Mumbai.
As a data journalism and policy research organisation, The Spending & Policy Research Foundation deals with issues, which should be—but usually are not—in the public domain, including: health, sanitation, law and justice, education, environment, employment, innovation, science, environment and disadvantaged groups.
As a fact checking initiative, we at Factchecker.in pick claims/statements made by public figures or government reports and check for veracity and context. We refer to official data in the public domain to verify claims. Often, claims are found to be true, but misleading as the context and historical perspective is missing. In such cases, we provide context to the claim in question.
At FactChecker.in, we do not like adjectives, we do not like opinion. Emotion is not our thing. Data are. Facts are. Reportage is.