Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
MBFC Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
FairPlanet, founded in 2014 in Berlin, Germany is a “global non-profit social enterprise and solutions media organization. “It operates in more than 100 countries. FairPlanet focuses on human rights, economic inclusion, environmental justice, and technological innovation, aiming to provide in-depth, solution-oriented journalism.
Funded by / Ownership
FairPlanet is funded through donations, advertising, project work, and grants. Murat Suner is listed as the Co-Founder, Managing Director, and editorial board member of FairPlanet, indicating he is a key stakeholder.
Analysis / Bias
For our analysis, we examined a number of articles from FairPlanet to better understand its journalistic standards and ideological orientation. We’ll focus on two articles to illustrate these points. “Green Financing, Kenyan Style” and “Should We Eat Roadkill?”.
The framing in the article “Green Financing, Kenyan Style” leans toward a positive perspective on Kenyan banks’ sustainable and green financing initiatives. However, it also mentions the challenges of implementing these initiatives effectively. The tone is more informative than laudatory, aiming to provide a balanced view. Regarding the use of sources, It cites multiple credible sources, such as the Sustainable Finance Initiative and an academic paper from USIU Africa.
On the other hand, the article “Should We Eat Roadkill?” leans toward advocating for the consumption of roadkill as an ethical and sustainable food source. The article provides reasons supporting this viewpoint, such as reducing waste and lowering the environmental impact of meat production, but does not extensively cover opposing perspectives, which suggests a more advocacy-oriented approach rather than a neutral presentation of the topic.
Further, There are some issues with hyperlinking. For instance, the word “Scaled globally” redirects to an unrelated book on Goodreads, which could be misleading. Nevertheless, the article cites credible sources, such as a scientific paper on NCBI, UK government statistics, ResearchGate, Scientific American, and Atlas Obscura. One common issue in both articles is the invisibility of hyperlinks due to the lack of color differentiation, making it hard for the reader to identify cited information readily.
Finally, when reporting on political news, they strongly oppose former President Trump, such as this TRUMP AND GOP RISK AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. In general, FairPlanet is mostly fact-based and holds left-leaning progressive views.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate FairPlanet as left-biased based on editorial and advocacy positions that favor a progressive perspective. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 10/17/2023)
Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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