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.
- Overall, we rate Novinky.cz Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing and a lack of transparency.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: Czech Republic
World Press Freedom Rank: Czech Republic 40/180
Founded in 1998, Novinky.cz is an online news magazine of the print Czech daily Právo which launched in 1991 and is part of the internet portal Seznam.cz. Novinky.cz focuses on tabloid-style sensationalized news content, such as lifestyle, and entertainment-related news with minimal focus on news and politics. Právo is a Czech daily newspaper published in Prague that provides content for Novinky.cz. The editor-in-chief is Vladimír Dušánek. The website lacks transparency as they do provide an about page or name ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
Novinky.cz ownership information is not transparent. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked the Czech Republic 40/180 in their Press Freedom Index. The current President is Miloš Zeman (populist center-right) and The current prime minister of the Czech Republic is Andrej Babiš (populist right center).
In review, Novinky.cz predominantly delivers tabloid-style news and crime stories that typically rely on heavily image-focused articles with sensational headlines such as “Aren’t you in the mood for sex? Try these six sexy activities.” When covering national news, the headlines use moderately loaded language such as ”Babiš expelled Prymula from the government and apologized for him.” and more neutral wording such as “Zeman wants to veto the tax package.” When it comes to sourcing they use The Czech News Agency (ČTK) however they rarely use hyperlinks, but do offer quotations and frequently hyperlink to themselves such as here “Zeman: Sometimes businesses that would normally go bankrupt reach out.” When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they use sources such as Axios and Business Insider, while covering the Trump administration with a critical tone such as this “Trump is planning big meetings, he intends to brand obituaries of allegedly dead voters”. Further, they also report negatively on right-wing populism such as that found in Poland: With the victory, Biden cruelly disappointed Warsaw. In this article they state that the Polish Government “violated all the principles of diplomacy because since taking power five years ago, it has maintained contacts exclusively with government Republicans, while ostentatiously ignoring Democrats.” In general, the news is reported factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Novinky.cz Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing and a lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 12/8/2020)