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 using appeal 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 Xinhua Left-Center biased based on left-leaning editorials that endorse socialism/communism. When it comes to factual reporting we rate them Mixed due to a lack of linked sourcing and promotion of pro-Chinese government propaganda.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: China 176/180
Founded in 1931, Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency is the official state-owned news agency in the People’s Republic of China. He Ping is the Editor-in-Chief and Cai Mingzhao is the president. Cai Mingzhao is also a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Xinhua News agencies headquarter is located in Beijing. Xinhua News Agency focuses on providing daily coverage of business, politics, economics, sport, sci-tech, and culture, etc.
Reporters without Borders has reported China as the “World’s leading prison for citizen journalists.” According to their 2017 report, China ranks 176 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.
Funded by / Ownership
Xinhua is owned by the People’s Republic of China and is funded by the sale of its news content that is similar to Reuters.
Analysis / Bias
The content of headlines and articles use minimal loaded words pertaining to national news such as “Xi stresses real combat training” or “Xi says senior officials “crucial” in Party, state governance.” Their US coverage also utilizes minimally loaded headlines and least biased coverage “Analysis: U.S.-DPRK relations to be Trump’s biggest 2018 foreign policy challenge, experts say.” Although they completely lack linked sourcing they do provide credible sources such as Brookings Institute, Stratfor and Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, through the use of quotes.
According to a Newsweek article “IS CHINA’S XINHUA THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM?” Xinhua News Agency, by opening more overseas bureaus and expanding its business is similar to what “China’s state-run factories have done for tawdry baubles and cheap clothes: take something that has become a commodity and foist it onto the world far more cheaply than anyone else can. “It gives them an inherent competitive advantage.”
Further, according to CNBC in 2017, Xinhua News Agency mocked Indians by releasing a satirical video named the “Seven Sins of India.” The Chinese government has also banned certain words that the media can use in reporting.
A factual search reveals the Xinhua has not failed a fact check by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Xinhua Left-Center biased based on left-leaning editorials that endorse socialism/communism. When it comes to factual reporting we rate them Mixed due to a lack of linked sourcing and promotion of pro-Chinese government propaganda. (M. Huitsing 1/6/2018) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/14/2018)