Media Bias/Fact Check

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RIGHT-CENTER BIAS

These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal 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 Expressen Right-Center Biased based on editorial political positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to sensationalized headlines and articles that can be misleading to the reader.


Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: Sweden
World Press Freedom Rank: Sweden 3/180

History

Founded in 1944, Expressen is a Swedish Daily Newspaper, published in tabloid format and distributed nationwide. Its main focus is mostly entertainment, culture, lifestyle and news as well as live TV broadcasting. Expressen TV partners with CNN in Sweden.

Expressen is based in Stockholm, Sweden with Klas Granström serving as the acting editor-in-chief. According to their about page, Expressen has print publications, including weekly magazines and two regional editions. These are: The Gothenburg edition GT that is distributed mainly in the western parts of Sweden and the other one is the Malmö edition Kvällsposten, which is distributed in the south of Sweden. 

Read our country profile on Sweden.

Funded by / Ownership

Expressen is owned by Global media company Bonnier Group, which is controlled by the Bonnier family. Carl-Johan Bonnier is the Chairman. Expressen generates revenue through commercial advertising and subscription fees. 

Analysis / Bias

Currently, Stefan Löfven is the Prime Minister of Sweden, he is also the leader of the Center-Left Social Democratic Party.

On its about page, Expressen states its editorial position as “The political orientation of the editorial page is liberal.” However, Liberals are considered center-right in Sweden.

In review, Expressen’s front page features video clips as well as articles in a tabloid format. Articles are published with bold over-sized text, big headlines and large photos. Expressen frequently publishes articles with loaded emotional language in their headlines such as in this article where they are critical of the former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker: “Europe must have a leader who does not give up” and they are critical of the left leaning Prime Minister, “This is not enough for a prime minister.” This story also illustrates a strong right wing bias by characterizing immigrants negatively.

When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone such as in this article, “Trump is a sociopath – the world’s most dangerous man.” Expressen typically utilizes credible sources such as Salon. Expressen also reports health and medical news such as this: “New hormonal drug for women increases sex drive.”

A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.

Overall, we rate Expressen Right-Center Biased based on editorial political positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to sensationalized headlines and articles that can be misleading to the reader. (M. Huitsing 12/22/2019)

Source: https://www.expressen.se/