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- Overall, we rate Ruptly Right-Center biased and Questionable due to the promotion of pro-state propaganda that is not always factual.
Reasoning: Propaganda, False Claims
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 149/180
Founded in 2013, Ruptly.tv is an international video news agency specializing in video on demand, based in Berlin, Germany. It is a division of the RT (formerly Russia Today) news network. Ruptly claims to be editorially independent, however, its sole shareholder is ANO TV-Novosti, a Russian government-funded non-profit organization that controls RT. According to their about page “Our mission is to offer a bolder, deeper point-of-view than the established figures of the news marketplace. We offer a forward-thinking vision, news without the blindfold on.” Essentially, Ruptly serves as the video producer for RT News.
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Funded by / Ownership
Ruptly is owned by ANO TV-Novosti, which also owns and controls RT News. ANO TV-Novosti is funded by the Russian Government. Ruptly generates revenue through subscription fees for video content. In 2018, Ofcom imposed a £200,000 fine on ANO TV Novosti in relation to its service RT for failing to comply with our broadcasting rules and required a summary of our findings to be broadcast on the channel. The report states they were fined for misleading information regarding “the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March 2018, the armed conflict in Syria, and the Ukrainian Government’s position on Nazism and its treatment of Roma Gypsies.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, Ruptly produces and sells video content covering the Latest News, Covid-19, Sports, and Light News. Headlines are typically low biased and describe the content China: Japan’s Abe urges peaceful denuclearisation of Korean peninsula. Articles provide a video clip to stream and a partial transcript. In order to view the entire transcript you must pay for a membership.
Editorially, Ruptly promotes pro-Kremlin propaganda that is not always factual. For instance, they reported that the Syrian Chemical attack in 2018 was a false flag operation. However, since that time they have removed these videos. They have also reported that the MH17 jet shot down in Ukraine was done by the Ukrainians, however, an investigation reveals it was shot down by a Russian missile MH17 investigation says it has evidence for “solid criminal file”. In general, news reporting on Ruptly is significantly controlled by the Russian Government.
Overall, we rate Ruptly Right-Center biased and Questionable due to the promotion of pro-state propaganda that is not always factual. (D. Van Zandt 5/25/2020)
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