These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The Irrawaddy Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that align more with the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting based on a clean fact check record and being a resource for IFCN fact checkers regarding Myanmar.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Irrawaddy is a website published by the Irrawaddy Publishing Group (IPG), founded in 1990 by Burmese exiles living in Thailand. Since its inception, The Irrawaddy has taken an independent stance on Burmese politics. The Irrawaddy is published in both English and Burmese, focusing primarily on Burma (Myanmar) and Southeast Asia. It is regarded as one of the foremost journalistic publications dealing with political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Burma.
In addition to news, it features in-depth political analysis and interviews with a wide range of Burma experts, business leaders, democracy activists, and other influential figures. According to their about page, “The Irrawaddy’s mission is to cover the news in Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asia accurately and impartially.”
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Funded by / Ownership
The Irrawaddy is owned by Irrawaddy Publishing Group (IPG). Revenue is derived through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, we openly admit that we do not have a strong understanding of the Myanmar/Burma political situation. We know that The Irrawaddy is opposed to the military control of the Burmese Government. At this time, they are heavily reporting on the Myanmar Coup in which the military overthrew the Democratically elected government.
Reporting is straightforward but emotional as they oppose the coup Myanmar Anti-Coup Protesters Defy Ban, Take to Streets for Fifth Day. When reporting on USA politics, they tend to favor Biden over Trump, such as this The US Voted for Change; When Will Myanmar Truly Be Able to Do the Same? Although we do not have a great understanding of Myanmar, we can confidently say that The Irrawady identifies more with the left and is proven to be factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. In fact, they are used as a resource by IFCN fact checkers covering Myanmar.
Overall, we rate The Irrawaddy Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that align more with the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting based on a clean fact check record and being a resource for IFCN fact checkers regarding Myanmar. (D. Van Zandt 1/9/2017) Updated (05/30/2022)
Last Updated on May 30, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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