These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Delfi as Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right on social issues. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to poor sourcing techniques.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2000 with its headquarters in Lithuania, Delfi runs a network of websites across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The platform operates under various domains, including en.delfi.lt, ru.delfi.lt, pl.delfi.lt, delfi.ee, rus.delfi.ee, delfi.lv, and ru.delfi.lv. Offering content in multiple languages like Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Polish, and English, Delfi covers a broad spectrum of topics ranging from politics and business to societal issues.
Funded by / Ownership
UAB Delfi, an Estonian media conglomerate Ekspress Grupp subsidiary, publishes the website. The Supervisory Board of UAB Delfi includes Mari-Liis Rüütsalu as the Chairman, along with Hans Luik and Karl Anton as members. Revenue for the platform is generated through advertisements and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
The first article analyzed discusses Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda’s support for Hungary’s controversial law restricting LGBTQ content for minors. This hot-button issue has drawn criticism from various EU countries. For instance, the article titled “President stands up for Hungary in a row over controversial LGBTQ law.” While the article’s body maintains a neutral tone, the title’s phrase “stands up for Hungary” is emotionally loaded, implying a form of moral or ethical support for Hungary’s controversial law. The article is framed to focus on the President’s comments and the EU leaders’ meeting without offering counter-perspectives or discussing the implications of the law itself. The article is accurate but lacks a balanced perspective, as it does not include opinions from those opposing the law or the President’s stance.
The second article is a fact-checking piece that debunks a misleading headline about Lithuania’s Prime Minister, Ingrida Šimonytė, allegedly stating that many people would die after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations: “No, Šimonytė did not say that “a lot of people will die after vaccination.” The language is neutral and factual, aiming to correct misinformation. The article is framed as a fact-check, providing evidence to debunk the misleading information and cites sources such as The Baltic News Service (BNS); however, the hyperlink to BNS leads to a general topic page on Delfi without showing the specific report mentioned in the article.
Delfi also strongly opposes the Russian invasion of Ukraine with articles such as “Opinion: Ukraine’s success threatens Russian idea of exclusivity.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) states that Russia has blocked Delfi.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Delfi as Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right on social issues. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 10/14/2023)
Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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