- Overall, we rate Origo Far-Right Biased and questionable based on promoting pro-government propaganda, conspiracy theories, poor sourcing, and false claims.
Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, False Claims
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1998 by Magyar Telekom, formerly known as Matav, Origo is a tabloid-style news website based in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015, Magyar sold 100% of its shares to New Wave Media Kft. In 2018, Central European Press and Media Foundation (KESMA) took control of Origo and approximately 500 media outlets. Origo focuses on politics, lifestyle, entertainment, culture, health, and more.
Funded by / Ownership
Origo is owned by Central European Press and Media Foundation (KESMA), and New Wave Media Group is the publisher of Origo. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Origo publishes articles with strong emotional headlines such as “Soros organizations control attacks on the Hungarian anti-pedophile law” and “Viktor Orbán: Those coming from Ukraine are coming to a friendly place.”
The website covers national politics, particularly in regards to Prime Minister Viktor Orban (leader of the Populist right-wing Fidesz party) favorably such as “The vast majority is satisfied with Viktor Orbán’s war crisis management.”
On issues such as immigration, their coverage is negative focusing on migrant crime “Immigrants have invaded Brussels, and EU politicians are also in terror.” Their coverage of opposition party leader Péter Márki-Zay (Big Tent-United for Hungary) is negative in tone “The Russians said they were bombing arms shipments, so the plan of the Hungarian opposition and Márki-Zay would plunge us into war.” When covering USA politics, they have a negative opinion of Democratic President Joe Biden and support former President Donald Trump: Joe Biden’s presidency brought total chaos after the scandalous election in November. In this article, they promote Donald Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theories.
Origo generally promotes anti-Muslim populism and holds far-right viewpoints that rely on misinformation to advance their agenda.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Origo Far-Right Biased and questionable based on promoting pro-government propaganda, conspiracy theories, poor sourcing, and false claims. (M. Huitsing 03/16/2022)
Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check