Kyiv Post

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Kyiv Post - Left Center BiasLEFT-CENTER BIAS

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.

Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Ukraine
World Press Freedom Rank: Ukraine 101/180


Launched on 1995, the Kyiv Post is an English language newspaper from Ukraine. The Kyiv Post’s original founder is American Jed Sunden and during his ownership he held libertarian and anti-Communist views on the editorial and opinion pages. He owned the paper until July 28, 2009. Brian Bonner is the current editor in chief.

Funded by / Ownership

Recently British-Pakistani businessman steel trader-turned-publisher Mohammad Zahoor, sold the paper to Adnan Kivan, an Odesa-based Syrian businessman who owns the KADORR Group. The website/newspaper is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

Analysis / Bias

Reporters Without Borders ranks the Ukraine 101 out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. According to a Columbia Journalism Review article dated 2014 and titled “Kyiv Post’s unlikely success”, they describe how an editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels.” The Kyiv Post’s main focus is on stories about corruption and war.

In review, the Kyiv Post utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as “Ukraine continues to build case against Russia in International Court of Justice in The Hague.” Sourcing is typically through large blocks of quotes via interviews or utilizing local sources which we have not verified at this time, such as Ukrayinska Pravda, Ukrainian News Agency, The UNIAN, (The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KhPG), and In this article there is a good example of word choices/opinion that favor the left: “It is likely that the 30 young masked thugs who burned down a permanent Roma settlement in Rudne, near Lviv on 9 May were also from far-right groups.” The Kyiv Post also republishes articles from a variety of left leaning sources such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Buzzfeed and CNN.  A factual search reveals that the Kyiv Post has published misleading or false information in the past.

Overall, we rate Kyiv Post Left-Center Biased due to word choices and story selection that favor the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to some misleading claims as confirmed by fact checkers. (M. Huitsing 6/14/2018)

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