Last updated on March 21st, 2020 at 02:10 pm
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- Overall, we rate the Daily Maverick Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that cover both sides. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: South Africa
World Press Freedom Rank: South Africa 31/180
The Daily Maverick is a news and information website focusing on political analysis and investigative journalism (the investigative unit is under the Scorpio section). The website launched in 2009 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Alan Knott-Craig and Branko Brkic are the founders of the website. Branko Brkic is also the Editor-in-Chief.
In their own words they describe themselves as “independently owned, private company with no affiliation to any other media group or political party or religious organization.”
Funded by / Ownership
Alan Knott-Craig is the founder and a primary investor. Currently, Styli Charalambous is the publisher and CEO. The Maverick’s about page states their revenue as “funded mainly through advertising.” They also accept donations and contributions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Daily Maverick publishes opinion pieces written by Cyril Ramaphosa, the Center-Left President of South Africa, such as “A new era in energy generation.” For more details on South African Government and Media influence click here: South Africa Government and Media.
The Daily Maverick also publish articles that are critical of the government such as here “Six months after national elections, SA’s leading parties continue to disappoint.” A quote from the article reads “For those who voted for the ANC in the hope that Ramaphosa would clean things up, there is very little evidence that he is succeeding. Or even trying.” The website also publishes articles critical of The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, (South African far-left Pan-Africanist party), which is currently the third-largest party in South Africa. For example, this article ”With echoes of Adolf Hitler, Julius Malema makes his move to establish an African reich”. In general, they report on politics with minimal bias in story selection and editorial positions.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Daily Maverick Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that cover both sides. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/24/2019)