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 Gazeta Wyborcza Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1989, The Gazeta Wyborcza is the leading polish non-tabloid daily newspaper based in Warsaw, Poland. Historian Adam Michnik is the founder and editor of the paper. Agora Media publishes it, and Andrzej Szlezak is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Agora SA.
Funded by / Ownership
Polish media group Agora owns Gazeta Wyborcza. A metered paywall and paid digital subscriptions generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
According to Voxeurop.Eu Gazeta Wyborcza provides “informative and secular-minded news in a society where the Catholic church is excessively influential.”
Currently, the President of Poland is Andrzej Duda (backed by the right-wing nationalist Law and Justice party – PiS). The Law and Justice (PiS) party exerts its political influence over state institutions like the Public Service Media and public media such as Gazeta Wyborcza, which is subject to government pressure, including cutting off advertising from state-controlled businesses.
In review, Gazeta Wyborcza publishes articles with a pro-European tone, such as “Conflict with Brussels only weakens Warsaw.” In the body of the article, the author urges PiS supporters to look at the conduct of Jarosław Kaczyński (co-founder and leader of the Law and Justice party) and Poland’s foreign policy under his party. The article states, “the effectiveness of current government in defending Polish interest is dramatically low. That is why it is covered with increasingly harsher anti-German and anti-EU rhetoric.” Another article critical of the nationalistic PiS government utilizes emotionally loaded headlines such as “The deputy commander of the city police in Krakow lost his job because he refused to take megaphones from the protesters in front of the PiS headquarters.”
On issues such as the environment, they are pro-science, supporting the consensus of science on climate change, and they publish supplements such as the “Ecological Newsletter.” Although factual in reporting, they rely on quotes rather than hyperlinked sourcing. In general, Gazeta Wyborcza holds a left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Gazeta Wyborcza Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 09/24/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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