These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Berliner Zeitung Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Germany 11/180
Established in 1945, Berliner Zeitung is a daily newspaper from Germany. In 1990, the paper was acquired by Gruner + Jahr (owned by Bertelsmann) and the British publisher Robert Maxwell. In June 2002, Holtzbrinck took over Berliner Zeitung and due to antitrust laws there were complications, therefore, in 2005, Holtzbrinck resold it to the Mecom Group owned by British media tycoon David Montgomery. In 2009, Mecom sold Berliner Zeitung to publisher M. DuMont Schauberg (MDS). Finally, in 2019, Silke and Holger Friedrich acquired Berliner Zeitung from MDS (M. DuMont Schauberg).
The Managing Directors are Dr. Michael Maier, Holger Friedrich, and the Editor is Dr. Michael Maier. The publisher is Berliner Verlag.
Funded by / Ownership
The publisher is Berliner Verlag and it is owned by Silke and Holger Friedrich. Revenue is based on subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Germany 11/180 in their Press Freedom Index. The German equivalent of prime minister is Chancellor and the current Chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel, who leans center-right.
Read our profile on Germany’s government and media.
The new owner Holger Friedrich is described as a “Technology fetishist” who is an IT strategist and runs Core, a consulting firm for the financial sector. According to The New York Times, based on the published documents by Newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Holger Friedrich was a Stasi spy. Holger Friedrich has said, “he was coerced into agreeing to work as an informant after being arrested following a failed attempt to escape to the West.” In addition, according to Spiegel, on November 8th, Berliner Zeitung reported about a biotech company Centogene, however, they did not mention Friedrich himself is a shareholder of Centogene.
In review, Berliner Zeitung publishes articles with emotionally loaded language that is critical of the right such as “Only the left-wing parties are fully committed to democracy” and “Angela Merkel’s interpretation of the constitution is negligent”. When it comes to reporting about immigrants, particularly about Muslim immigrants they publish articles such as “Does “Islam” belong to Germany?”. A quote from the article reads “All Islamic-dominated states propagate hatred of Jews. This is incompatible with today’s German state policy.”
When it comes to sourcing, they rarely hyperlink and mostly use quotes such as DPA (Hamburg Based German News Agency) and FAZ (Conservative German newspaper). When covering the US the tone is negative towards President Trump “Why Donald Trump treated New York so badly.” In general, they hold a left-leaning editorial bias and publish news that is mostly factual.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Berliner Zeitung Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 6/7/2020)
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