These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Yonhap News Agency Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: South Korea
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: News Agency
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1980, Yonhap News Agency is a South Korean news agency. It is based in Seoul, South Korea. The government controls Yonhap, and the government appoints its board of directors. Currently, Seong Ghi-hong is the CEO.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Korean government owns Yonhap News Agency, and The Korea News Agency Commission (KONAC) is the largest shareholder of Yonhap News. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Yonhap News Agency often uses emotionally loaded words in their headlines, such as “Lee under fire over remarks on Ukraine.” This article was published after the presidential debate and is critical of Lee Jae-Myung, the center-left Democratic Party (D.P.) nominee. A quote from the article reads, “Lee scrambled to defuse the controversy by issuing his own apology.”
Yonhap News Agency covers current President Yoon Seok-you with a positive tone. Here are some examples of their coverage “Yoon says he expects S. Korea-Japan issues to be resolved smoothly,” “Yoon welcomes war heroes, bereaved families to presidential office.” Furthermore, Yonhap News frequently publishes pro-PPP (center-right ruling party) articles such as “PPP delegation returns home after visit to Ukraine.”
When reporting stories about the USA, they tend to be positive, such as “Special contribution by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.”
Regarding sourcing, Yonhap News Agency rarely provides hyperlinks to its sources and often uses quotes that make it difficult to verify the context and accuracy of stories. Our analysis puts them right of center and mostly factual on the bias scale.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Yonhap News Agency Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing (06/09/2022)
Last Updated on June 10, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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