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- Overall, we rate Swarajya Questionable due to poor sourcing (lack of) and the publication of right-wing propaganda. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Fake News, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: India 140/180
Swarajya is an Indian English-language monthly print magazine and online daily headquartered at Coimbatore/Bengaluru, India. Swarajyamag or Swarajya is founded by journalist Khasa Subba Rao in 1956. Swarajya is published by V.Murali, Amarnath Govindarajan and Editorial director is R. Jagannathan Sandipan Deb.
Swarajya states their political stance as “Swarajya is an authoritative voice of reason representing the liberal center-right point of view.”
Funded by / Ownership
Swarajya is owned by Kovai Media Private Limited. Articles are subscription-based allowing 7 articles free per week and contain advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Swarajya covers various topics including social, political, economic, and cultural life of India. As well as world news, infrastructure, sports, defense, politics, podcasts, culture and more. They publish stories with loaded headlines such as “For A Second Term Please Do The Right Things, Mr Prime Minister!” Typically they utilize sources such as The Hindu and credible sources such as Reuters, but most of the time they source through the use quotes and rarely provide links. For USA news coverage, their news is mostly balanced with neutral headlines and utilize sources such as Reuters. However, they have been accused of peddling misinformation by other sources such as Alt News. In general, news and opinion is presented with a right bias and many times is not factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- ‘Chhapaak’ Acid Attacker’s Religion Changed? Swarajya Got It Wrong – False
- Swarajya acknowledges error after Alt News exposé; Author hurls abuses for pointing out the error – False
- Jyotiraditya Scindia Supports Citizenship Amendment Bill – False
- “Is Hardik Patel really fasting? Reports Claim He is Gaining Weight” – False
- “Some hyper nationalist Hindus from India are spreading hatred against Pakistan. We have suspended their Twitter accounts.” – False
- Jamia violence: Media misreport wallet as ‘stone’ in student’s hand – False
- “Shaheen Bagh Protest Site Virtually Empty On Election Result Morning As AAP Notches Decisive Victory: Report” – Misleading
Overall, we rate Swarajya Questionable due to poor sourcing (lack of) and the publication of right-wing propaganda. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 2/27/2018) Updated (3/31/2020)