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- Overall, we rate New Eastern Outlook (NEO) Right Biased and Questionable based on promoting pro-Russian propaganda, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, false claims, and a lack of transparency with authors and ownership.
Reasoning: State Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Pseudoscience, False Claims, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
New Eastern Outlook (NEO) is a journal operated by the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Oriental Studies, a nonprofit research institute based in Russia. According to the New Eastern Outlook (NEO) about page, they cover political events as they relate to the Orient and regions “from Japan and the remote coasts of Africa.”
NEO focuses primarily on “political and religious issues, economic and ideological trends, regional security topics and social problems.” Vitaly Naumkin is the president of Oriental Studies. Critics of NEO claim they are a source of disinformation and pro-Russian propaganda.
Funded by / Ownership
Ownership information is not transparent; however, according to the NEO about page, its address is “12, Rozhdestvenka Street, office 111, Moscow.” The exact address is also used by “The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.” Typically, the Putin government gives the Research Institutes’ control to the Ministry of Education; therefore, the Russian government funds and owns this journal through the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Analysis / Bias
The U.S. Department of the Treasury states that New Eastern Outlook is “a pseudo-academic publication of the Russian Academy of Science’s Institute of Oriental Studies.” It further says that “it combines pro-Kremlin views of Russian academics with anti-U.S. views; of Western fringe voices and conspiracy theorists.” Also, a U.S. Department of State special report indicates New Eastern Outlook is “obscuring its links to state-funded institutions.”
In review, New Eastern Outlook (NEO) presents news in line with the Russian Government’s narrative, such as “The Donbas Dilemma” and “Can the Conflict with Turkey over NATO Enlargement be Resolved?” They sometimes utilize credible news sources such as Bloomberg and National Interest. However, they also publish articles that promote conspiracy theories, such as “Ukraine’s Nazi Legions a Real Threat to America and the World” and “Why is the United States Getting Away with Unleashing a Global Biological War?” These stories are sourced from conspiracy-pseudoscience sites such as Veterans Today and The Daily Expose. Furthermore, EUvsDisinfo reports that NEO uses ghost authors.
In 2019, NEO was one of 12 Facebook Pages removed “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Finally, in 2021, Politifact reported that The U.S. State Department says it “has identified four online publications used by Russian intelligence services to spread disinformation about Western COVID-19 vaccines.” One of these sources was NEO. In general, New Eastern Outlook is a right biased propaganda mouthpiece for the Russian government that frequently promotes disinformation.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Russia has never participated in such information campaigns against other vaccines and has no intention to do so.” – False
Overall, we rate New Eastern Outlook (NEO) Right Biased and Questionable based on promoting pro-Russian propaganda, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, false claims, and a lack of transparency with authors and ownership. (M. Huitsing (06/06/2022)
Last Updated on June 6, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check