DEBKAfile – Bias and Credibility

Debka File - Right Bias - Conspiracy - Conservative - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate The Debkafile Right Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency and sourcing.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Israel
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


Founded by Giora Shamis and Diane Shalem, DEBKAfile is an Israeli military intelligence website based in Jerusalem. They are primarily focused on the Middle East, and they provide commentary and analyses on terrorism, intelligence, military, and international relations. In their own words: “DEBKAFile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 […], DEBKAfile is an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service.”

Read our profile on Israel’s media and government.

Funded by / Ownership

The Debkafile does not clearly explain ownership or funding, but advertising is present on the website.

Analysis / Bias

In review, DEBKAfile does not provide sources for their claims; instead, using “Our sources” in its commentaries. There is very little use of loaded language; however, other sources have reported that DEBKAfile holds a neoconservative and pro-Israel position. While the claims made on DEBKAfile may very well be true, we cannot verify them without knowing the sources of their information. Due to a lack of transparency, we rate them Questionable.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the last 5 years

Overall, we rate The Debkafile Right biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency and sourcing. (M. Huitsing 11/21/2017) Updated (12/07/2023)


Last Updated on December 7, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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