These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate La Libre Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Belgium 12/180
Founded in 1884, La Libre is a French-Language daily newspaper serving Brussels and Wallonia, Belgium. The paper primarily covers National and international news with a focus on politics, finance, and business. The current editor-in-chief is Jonas Legge.
Funded by / Ownership
La Libre is published by IPM Advertising and owned by the IPM Group, which is a subsidiary of Compagnie De Developpement Des Medias based in Luxembourg. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Belgium 12/180 in their Press Freedom Index. The Prime Minister of Belgium is Alexander De Croo who leans center-right (The coalition government consists of Liberals, Socialists, and Greens).
La Libre’s political orientation has historically been defined until 1999, as strongly Catholic in orientation. However, since being acquired by the IPM Group has moved toward a more liberal-centrist perspective.
In review, La Libre covers French and Belgian news with minimally loaded language such as this Belgium plans to start vaccinations from January 5, De Croo announces. International news and news pertaining to the USA is often provided through Belga or AFP such as this Will Trump pardon some of his allies? An investigation is carried out into an alleged corruption to obtain the presidential pardon.
Editorially, La Libre properly labels all opinion content. A review of editorials reveals a reasonable balance with slightly more favoring the right such as this It is not by playing with fears and by seeking to create “shock effects” that the population will appropriate the restrictions which are put in place. Further, when reporting on Center-Right Prime Minister De Croo, they report objectively and without harsh criticism such as this Aligning allowances to the poverty line would cost the state at least 700 million euros. In general, La Libre reports news factually and with a minimal right-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate La Libre Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/2/2020)