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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
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
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.
Funded by / Ownership
Ruptly is owned by ANO TV-Novosti, who owns and controls RT News. The Russian Government funds ANO TV-Novosti. 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 China’s content: Japan’s Abe urges peaceful denuclearisation of the 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) Updated (02/25/2022)
Last Updated on February 25, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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