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 Novinite Least Biased based on story selection that is reasonably balanced. We also rate them Mostly Factual for factual reporting, rather than High due to a lack of ownership transparency and poor sourcing techniques.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Bulgaria 111/180
Established in 2001, Novinite is a Bulgaria based English-language news site. Novinite provides political, cultural, economic news and information on events taking place in Bulgaria, as well as around the world. Novinite does not have a staff page but our research reveals that in 2013, Neda Peliteva was Chief Editor, it is not clear if she is still the editor.
Funded by / Ownership
Maxim Behar is the founder of Novinite, however, the site is not transparent regarding its ownership although at the bottom of the page it mentions the Novinite Group, which owns several other news portals in Bulgaria. The website also does not disclose the board members or funding. Revenue is based on advertisements and donations. Novinite also publishes the Sofia Morning News (online newspaper), which is subscription-based.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Bulgaria 111/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating that “Despite increasing international pressure, media freedom in Bulgaria has not improved in 2019.” Boyko Borisov is the current Prime Minister of Bulgaria who leans center-right.
In review, Novinite publishes articles with minimal emotionally loaded language such as “BSP Leader Korneliya Ninova: We Share the President’s Motives, the Government Generates Crises” (BSP – Bulgarian Socialist Party is the opposition party) and “PM Borisov: Accession to Schengen and the Eurozone Is a Top Priority”. Under the crime section, they report stories such as “The Accused Vasil Bozhkov: I Have Photos, Records and Witnesses for 60 Million Given to PM Borissov and Minister Goranov”. This report is balanced, representing all sides. On issues such as the Turkish Minorities, they publish articles with neutral headlines “Who Is Who: Assaulted Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Ahmed Dogan.”
When it comes to sourcing, Novinite republishes stories from various news agencies and news sites such as Channel News Asia and the independent.co.uk. Novinite also sources through quotes, for example, they say “Anadolu News Agency reported” or “Associated Press reported,” without providing a link to the statement. Finally, Novinite covers world news through republishing from credible sources such as the AP. In general, the news is reported factually but is poorly sourced.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Novinite Least Biased based on story selection that is reasonably balanced. We also rate them Mostly Factual for factual reporting, rather than High due to a lack of ownership transparency and poor sourcing techniques. (7/9/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/8/2020)