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 Censor.NET Left-Center Biased based editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to a lack of transparency with ownership disclosure.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Ukraine 96/180
Founded in 2004, Censor.NET is an Internet portal from Ukraine that combines social and political news with a forum. It is published in Ukrainian and Russian. Censor.NET’s founder is Yurii Butusov and he is also the editor-in-chief.
Funded by / Ownership
Censor.NET lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership on the website. According to Media Ownership Monitor, Yurii Butusov is the “probable” owner and the website is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
The editor and probable owner Yuri Butusov is known as a military analyst and has also worked as Chairman and co-founder of the NGO “Ukrainian Foundation for the strengthening of national security” as well as CEO in media holding of the Socialistic Party of Ukraine (2007).
In review, Censor.NET focuses on the Donbas conflict in regards to Russia’s aggression in that region (Moscow supports separatist fighters in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine).
Censor.NET utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as “Ukrainian President praises relationship with Trudeau but mum on support for Security Council seat” and “Ukraine’s new president faces a defining choice.” They also republish articles from a variety of left-leaning sources such as the Washington Post, and right-leaning sources such as The Globe and Mail, and the Financial Times. When reporting on politics and the Prime Minister they report objectively such as this Zelenskyi announces new package of assistance to business in case of lockdown.
Editorially, they produce a blog that holds left-leaning viewpoints such as this UN: Deforestation has brought the Carpathians to the brink of ecological disaster and negative reporting on Russia such as this Cyprus: another defeat for Russia. In general, the news is reported factually with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Censor.NET Left-Center Biased based editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to a lack of transparency with ownership disclosure. (M. Huitsing 11/27/2020)