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 Index.hr left-center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor 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 Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2002, Index.hr is an online tabloid-style news portal based in Zagreb, Croatia. Index.hr publishes news and commentaries, politics, entertainment, gossip, sports, and business news.
Funded by / Ownership
Index.hr is owned by journalist and entrepreneur Matija Babić. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Serbia 56th out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index. In their review of Croatia, Reporters Without Borders points out, “Croatian journalists who investigate corruption, organized crime or war crimes are often subjected to harassment campaigns.”
Index.hr journalists currently face 65 active lawsuits. In Croatia, defamation is a criminal offense used by politicians to intimidate and harass journalists. For instance, Branimir Glavaš filed defamation lawsuits after Index. hr referred to him as a “war criminal.” Glavaš was a general during Croatia and Serbia war and was convicted and served five years in prison. According to a report published by Reuters, “In regard to media brands, the two online portals identified with the right-wing (Dnevno. hr) and left/liberal (Index.hr) have the highest levels of distrust.”
In review, Index.hr publishes articles with loaded headlines such as “Lavrov: This situation will strengthen relations between Russia and China” and “Military analyst: Russia’s losses are incredible, they gave up on Kyiv.” Index.hr reports world news in a neutral tone such as “These are the conditions Putin wants to discuss the end of the war at all.” On the issues such as immigration, index.hr publishes articles with a neutral tone “Yes, Europe is less and less white. No, it’s not because of a big conspiracy.”
Index.hr sources through quotations and utilizes local sources such N1 television. They often use Hina (official Croatia news agency) and also use sources such as FAZ.net. Further, they also conduct interviews with high-profile guests and politicians. In general, Index.hr publishes factual news from a moderately liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Index.hr left-center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 03/19/2022)
Last Updated on March 19, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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