DeClassified UK is a website established in 2019 that specializes in investigative journalism related to “Britain’s military and intelligence agencies.” In addition to analyzing declassified files at the National Archives in London, DeClassified UK also examines the UK’s support of repressive regimes worldwide. Their focus includes the UK military, security, intelligence, media, environmental, and corporate policies. Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis founded the website, and Declassified Media Limited is headquartered in London, UK.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their website, DeClassified UK is funded by “trusts, foundations, and the public,” as well as private donations from individuals. The following organizations are Funders: Bertha Foundation, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation, Marmot Charitable Trust, Funding for Social Change Ltd, Reva & David Logan Foundation, and The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
Analysis / Bias
Declassified UK publishes articles regarding the monarchy with emotionally loaded wording, such as “The Monarchy Rests on a Lie: The UK Needs an Elected Head of State.” The article presents a critical perspective on the monarchy and advocates for an elected head of state. Additionally, the article criticizes mainstream media, particularly the BBC, for soft-pedaling or ignoring stories related to royal lobbying and accusations of cash for honors.
Regarding issues such as climate change, the article “Exclusive: UK Military and Arms Companies Produce More Carbon Emissions Than 60 Individual Countries” presents a critical perspective on the role of the UK military and arms companies in contributing to climate change, therefore having a left-leaning bias on the issue. According to the article, SGR conducted research that found that the UK military and arms companies produce more carbon emissions than 60 individual countries. The source mentioned in the article is Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), a UK-based membership organization that promotes responsible science and technology.
Sources utilized by the website include Daily Express, Tax Justice Network, and The Guardian, government sources such as assets.publishing.service.gov.uk; and other sources that have not been evaluated, such as savanta.com, republic.org, and sgr.org. DeClassified UK is generally fact-based and holds a moderate left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate DeClassified UK left-center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them high for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 03/22/2023)
Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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