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- Overall, we rate Tut.by Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorializing. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources. Please note the minimal editorializing may be due to strict censorship in Belarus, therefore news stories may not tell the whole story.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Belarus 153/180
Tut.by is a Belarusian Internet portal founded in 2000 by Yuri Zisser together with his associates Sergei Dmitriev, Andrei Kononovich, Kirill Voloshin, and Danila Rudenko. Tut.by is headquartered in Belarus. According to it’s about page, the mission of Tut.by “is to give each user the opportunity to receive objective information on interests, expand their horizons, and live a full life.“ Marina Zolotova is the Editor in Chief.
Funded by / Ownership
Yury Zisser is the owner of TUT BY MEDIA LLC and the web portal Tut.by. Revenue is generated through advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
According to Reporters without Borders, Belarus is ranked 153/180 in their World Press Freedom Index, stating “critical journalists and bloggers are threatened and arrested, leading news sites are blocked, access to information is restricted and media diversity is unknown.” The President of Belarus since 1994, is Alexander Lukashenko. He is independent and supported by the Belaya Rus which is a big tent organization formed to support the President, however, Belaya Rus is not a political party. While the President is supposedly non-partisan his primary support comes from left-leaning parties such as the Communist Party of Belarus (KPB), the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus; and the Agrarian Party. Opposition parties include the Party of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF); the Conservative-Christian Party; and the right-of-center United Civic Party.
In 2019, the state-run news agency Belta opened a criminal case against Tut.by’s editor in chief, for hacking its computer systems and stealing its data. The CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) said, “The raid on Tut.by and criminal charges brought against Zolatava show Belarus is looking for excuses to intimidate and persecute independent and critical media.”
In review, Tut.by uses minimally emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as “The President wants to involve Interpol in the investigation of the Belgazprombank case. What they say about this in Interpol” and “Three companies with which presidential candidate Cherechen is connected are being liquidated. What is the reason?” They also publish interviews with the opposition politicians such as this interview with Belarusian presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya together with Kolesnikova, and Tsepkalo “There are 3.5 million of us. Let them try to say that we are a minority.”
Tut.by typically sources to local media such as Nasha Niva (Belarusian weekly newspapers), government sources such as state-owned TV channel CTV Belarus, mfa.gov (ministry of foreign affairs), and credible sources such as The New York Times. Further, they republish BBC articles and also utilizes questionable sources such as the Daily Mail. When it comes to US politics they report with a critical tone toward the Trump Administration “Trump moved from New York to Florida due to taxes”.
Failed Fact Checks
- Has not been fact-checked
Overall, we rate Tut.by Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorializing. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources. Please note the minimal editorializing may be due to strict censorship in Belarus, therefore news stories may not tell the whole story. (M. Huitsing 7/23/2020)