Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 26/180
Founded in 1951, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) is a business and finance tabloid published by Nine Publishing and focused on live market coverage, and up-to-date market data as well as national and world news. It is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and it also has a Weekend edition that focuses on delivering commentary, news, and analysis of the week’s events as well as a monthly Magazine that covers lifestyle content. Currently, Michael Stutchbury is the Editor-in-Chief.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Australian Financial Review (AFR) is currently owned by Nine Entertainment Co. formerly known as PBL Media. They also own major mastheads such as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Peter Costello is the Chairman. Please see the financial reports of the company here. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Australia 26/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating “Investigative journalism in danger”. Center-Right Conservative Scott Morrison is The Prime Minister of Australia. The Liberal-National Coalition, known as The Coalition, is an alliance of center-right political parties with Morrison serving as the leader.
In the 2019 elections, according to its editorial “For all its faults, the Coalition faces in the right policy direction”, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) endorsed Scott Morrison’s center-right Coalition party.
In review, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) publishes news with story selection that moderately favors the right, such as this: “For Labor, the end of the beginning is nigh” and criticizing big government such as “Big government’s now infectious.” When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone “Trump is not the right man for this crisis” and “Coronavirus could kill off populism”. AFR typically sources to credible media such as the Washington Post. In general, reporting is factual with a right-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Australian Financial Review (AFR) Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (8/14/2016) Update (M. Huitsing 7/5/2020)