Fact-Checking Policy

The Asian Tribune (hereinafter referred to as “The Asian Tribune” / “We” / “Us” / “Our”) would like to inform you about the care and caution that we take to ensure the accuracy of our content, which is addressed by Our Fact-Checking Policy.

Due Accuracy in All Our Content

For any journalistic platform, the trust of its audience is the most important aspect. Trust can only be gained and sustained based on accurate, fair, and balanced reporting. We must remain committed to attaining due accuracy in all our content to the extent possible.

Our understanding of ‘due accuracy’ is that accuracy is not just of the requisite standard but also satisfactory. Factors such as the subject and nature of the information being provided, the expectations of the audience, etc. are also taken into consideration by us in pursuit of due accuracy.

We strive to give the most accurate account which is corroborated by the direct stakeholders of the news in every single news report. We investigate claims with skepticism, question assumptions, and challenge conventional wisdom. We acknowledge areas of uncertainty, which will always exist despite our best efforts to resolve them.

However, the stringency required to fact-check the information on soft and hard stories differs. For example, sources required for a positive story on an NGO work would differ from an investigative story.

We adhere to the guidance hereinbelow to ensure accuracy in our content:

Sourcing Information for Our Content

We source information in the most accurate way by following the given guidelines:

User-Generated Content

User-generated content possesses inherent challenges. We do not assume that the material shared with us is accurate and, depending on how we plan to use it, We take reasonable steps to verify the veracity of such content. We are mindful of how to employ information supplied by a member of a lobby group or anyone with a vested interest in the story, rather than a disinterested bystander. We ensure that user-generated content is identified as such. Additionally, We follow the given guidelines:

Sources of information that may seem reliable on the internet may not always be duly accurate. It may be necessary to check as to who is running the website and/or confirm with an individual or organization that the material relevant to them is genuine.
Care is taken to distinguish fact from rumor. This is particularly but by no means exclusively, true for material available on social media where distortions may be deliberate or unintended but where error or rumor can spread like wildfire within minutes among the audience around the world, while corrections find it much harder to achieve the same momentum.
Additional scrutiny may be necessary where material from a social media site or other internet source is being used to corroborate a fact. We qualify and call out all material that was not gathered by us.
Our writers and editors are industry veterans – and make sure every new article has the latest info, the most accurate info, and all relevant details. When we are the source, we follow basic journalism principles.

Considering The Big Picture

Standards for feature content are the same and we stress the importance of research and objectivity – as well as presenting a clear argument (and when drawing out a conclusion or theory, considering and including relevant counter-arguments). This approach allows us to address more possibilities and answer questions before they’re asked by readers.

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