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 using appeal 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 IceNews Left-Center biased based on political positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to sensationalized headlines and lack of transparency.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Iceland 15/180
IceNews is an Icelandic English Language Newspaper, distributed predominantly in Nordic countries. IceNews is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. According to its about page, the main focus is current events, politics, entertainment, culture, travel, and forthcoming events in Scandinavia and around Northern Europe. IceNews does not disclose staff names.
Funded by / Ownership
IceNews does not disclose its ownership, however, it generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Iceland 15/180 in their Press Freedom Index. Currently, Katrin Jakobsdottir is the Prime Minister of Iceland. She was also Deputy Chairman of the Left-Green Movement’s parliamentary group from 2007-2013. The President of Iceland currently is Gudni Johannesson, which is considered a ceremonial role.
In review, IceNews features articles with sensational headlines such as “Topless nurse advert gets pulses racing in Denmark”. IceNews also publishes articles with loaded emotional language in their headlines such as “Icelandic Man Arrested After Escaping Prison and Fleeing on Same Plane as Prime Minister”. This story is under the section called “bizarre news.” When reporting on political news they usually remain neutral such as this The president summons Katrin Jakobsdottir of the Left Green party.
When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone such as “Icelandic government releases a statement condemning US president Trump’s executive order on immigration”. When it comes to sourcing they use local sources that we have yet to evaluate such as grapevine.is, ruv.is, visir.is.
Editorially, IceNews promotes concern for human-influenced climate change as well as LGBTQ rights and pro-immigration positions. In general, IceNews reports news mostly factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate IceNews Left-Center biased based on political positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to sensationalized headlines and lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 8/14/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/26/2020)