These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Daily Maverick Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that cover both sides. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a couple of failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: South Africa
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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 an “independently owned, a 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 the South African Government and Media, click here: South Africa Government and Media.
The Daily Maverick also publishes critical articles of the government, such as “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), the third-largest party in South Africa. For example, in this article,” With echoes of Adolf Hitler, Julius Malema makes his move to establish an African Reich.” Generally, they report on politics with minimal bias in story selection and editorial positions.
Failed Fact Checks
- “On-grid electricity has benefitted from solar too, as well as wind and thermal with over 90% of power generated now coming from these sources.” – Incorrect
- “The contrast in performance is even more stark since 2011: in that year, South Africa’s GDP was 10.2 times Kenya’s.” – Incorrect
Overall, we rate the Daily Maverick Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that cover both sides. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a couple of failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 12/24/2019) Updated (09/07/2023)
Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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