Delo – Bias and Credibility

Delo - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Credible - ReliableFactual Reporting: Mostly Factual - Mostly Credible and Reliable


These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias.  They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes.  These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.

  • Overall, we rate Delo Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left.  We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: Slovenia
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Delo (Labor in English) is a Slovenian newspaper based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Delo was founded in 1959 by the merging of two dailies, Slovenski poročevalec and Ljudska pravica. Delo focuses on national events and international news, politics, sports, business, and entertainment. Delo Publishing house publishes the DELO newspaper and 4 magazine supplements (Deloindom, Ona, Polet, Vikend). Delo Publishing House also publishes the Slovenian tabloid, Slovenske Novice. 

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Funded by / Ownership

The Delo newspaper is owned by the financial management company FMR, through its subsidiary, FMR-Media, which is engaged in publishing. FMR is owned by businessman Stojan Petrič who is described as “politically well connected.” Reportedly, he bought DELO in 2015 for “€7.3 million,” which is less than its former value of “€95 million” that was paid by the former owner, Brewer Pivovarna Laško. Delo’s revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.

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Analysis / Bias

The current prime minister of Slovenia is Janez Janša; he is also the nationalist, right-wing populist Slovenian Democratic Party (SDP) leader. Janez Janša is known to use social media to attack critics, such as Slovenian public broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVS), and calling critical journalists “Presstitutes.”

DW reports a Delo journalist critical of the Janez Janša Government was “fired shortly after he wrote commentary critical of his government’s foreign policy.” Further, OSCE reports an investigative journalist from Delo, Anuška Delič, was prosecuted for publishing classified information, which poses a threat to free media. 

When reporting on politics Delo generally presents news with balance, such as ”Janša confirmed the introduction of free transport for pensioners from 1 July”. They also use moderately loaded language such as this: “The government report on the purchase of protective equipment directly attacks Marjan Šarc.” On issues such as immigration, they publish articles with a neutral tone, “A set of measures to manage migration”.

When it comes to sourcing, they rarely use hyperlinks, but when they do, they source government sites such as and offer quotations from credible sources such as Die Welt.  World news coverage about the USA is critical of former President Donald Trump: “Because of Trump, they had to destroy part of the cotton swabs produced.” 

Editorially, they cover a variety of perspectives; however, more stories favor the left, such as this supporting racial justice: In a circle of violence and this proclaiming the need for social justice for the elderly who are victims of violence: Family old hatred. Finally, when reporting on political issues, they promote LGBTQ rights and concern for climate change. In general, the news is reported factually with a left-leaning editorial bias.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Delo Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left.  We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing. (M. Huitsing 6/15/2020) Updated (05/11/2022)


Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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