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 Le Soir Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorials that are reasonably balanced. 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
Launched in 1887, Le Soir is a French-language Belgian daily newspaper based in Brussels, Belgium. The paper was founded by Emile Rossel as an independent news source and in order to maintain independence Rossel decided to finance the paper through commercial advertising and as a result, he founded the“Agence Rossel”, the First advertising agency in Brussels. Le Soir is also a part of the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA) and they provide selected articles to this joint platform under plus.lesoir.be (subscription required). Le Soir covers topics such as world, and national news, political analysis, sports, and culture. Béatrice Delvaux is the editor-in-chief of Le Soir.
Funded by / Ownership
Le Soir is owned by Groupe Rossel which controls the press in Wallonia. Groupe Rossel also publishes titles under the name Sudpresse. Furthermore, it controls 50 percent of Mediafin, which publishes financial newspapers. Groupe Rossel is owned by the Hurbain Family (Patrick, Christine, and Nathalie). Patrick Hurbain is the chairman and managing director of Groupe Rossel. For more on-board members see here. Le Soir’s revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertising.
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).
Le Soir’s political orientation is defined as Liberal, which is center-right in Belgium, and Le Soir columnists are known experts in their areas such as Jean-Paul Marthoz who is a Columnist for “Soir”, covering national politics. He also teaches international journalism at the Université Catholique de Louvain and has been European press director for Human Rights Watch and an EU correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
In review, Le Soir reports political news in a neutral tone with minimally loaded language in their headlines such as “Crisis center: “Your behavior during the holidays will be decisive”. They also often use Belga (Belgium news agency) as their source as well as the New York Times. When covering USA news/world news, Le Soir generally relies on the AFP such as this “US presidential election: Justice Minister did not “see enough fraud” to invalidate Biden’s victory.”
Editorially, some articles are only available to subscribers therefore our analysis is limited to their free articles. However, the op-eds we were able to review were reasonably balanced with more leaning left such as this Cevipol’s carte blanche: “Women politicians: leaders like no other?” and this In France, it is urgent to build an exemplary police force. Since we were unable to read enough op-eds to make a qualified determination of editorial bias we are moderately confident that Le Soir falls on the left side of least biased and highly factual in reporting based on our small sampling.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Le Soir Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorials that are reasonably balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/2/2020)