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, the evidence based reporting helps balance the progressive bias and therefore we rate this source Left-Center. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 33/180
OpenDemocracy is an independent global media platform covering world affairs, ideas and culture which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. openDemocracy was founded in 2000 by Anthony Barnett, David Hayes, Susan Richards and Paul Hilder. Publishing started in May 2001. Prominent contributors have included Kofi Annan, George Soros, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Shirin Ebadi, Sidney Blumenthal, Peter Hain, Pierre Bourdieu, Manuel Castells, Fred Halliday, and David Blunkett. openDemocracy’s mission statement asserts: “openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice”.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is published by openDemocracy Limited, which is owned by THE OPENDEMOCRACY FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF GLOBAL EDUCATION. Revenue is derived through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, openDemocracy has a left bias in reporting and political affiliation, however all articles are well sourced and evidence based. Headline utilize moderately loaded wording such as this: Will person-to-person politics put wind in Corbyn’s sails? Opinion pieces are labeled appropriately and news stories are generally factual and sourced to credible links. In general, most stories favor the left and denigrate the right.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, the evidence based reporting helps balance the progressive bias and therefore we rate this source Left-Center. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/23/2017) Updated (11/8/2019)