Agence France-Presse Bias and Reliability Overview

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a global news network based in Paris, France. Founded in 1835, it is the world’s oldest news agency. The company has more than 200 bureaus in 151 countries and publishes news in six languages (French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Arabic). Regional centers are located in Washington, D.C. (North America), Hong Kong (Asia Pacific), Montevideo (Latin America), Nicosia (Middle East and North Africa) and Paris (Europe and Africa). The website records approximately 5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Agence France-Presse in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are Agence France-Presse’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.07

Bias: -2.07

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Tucker Carlson misrepresents government data on Covid-19 vaccines-1.647.8
Potato Head toys, Dr. Seuss’ books are not ‘canceled’051
Quotes from US Democrats falsely characterized as calls for violence-11.3328.33
Human error in Michigan county vote tally sparks claims of election fraud047.67
Tweets on US stimulus misrepresent Canada's Covid-19 aid047
This video shares a misleading claim from an Austrian politician that 'Coca-Cola tested positive for Covid-19'046
Four seasons in Wuhan040
Photo of man in Trump hat does not show Nashville bomber045.67
Misleading claim circulates online in Thailand that high air pollution will significantly increase the country’s Covid-19 mortality rate047
Claims of Nevada voter fraud rejected by state’s top court048
Map does not show ‘actual results’ of 2020 US election-1.6748
Report alleging election fraud in Michigan county is ‘baseless’-347.67
Social media posts share doctored Trump tweet alongside false claim he declared martial law-2.6749.67
Conspiracy theory links false claim of AT&T election audit to bombing-1.6748.33
Old photo of detained US police chief circulated in false social media posts about ‘arrest of Biden’s executive assistant on spying charges’-0.3350.67
France recalls envoy after Erdogan jibe at Macron052
Biden accuses Trump of giving up in Covid fight-347
Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English Channel050.33
US puts China 'aggression' at heart of India talks0.6746.67
Five dead, dozens wounded in attack on Afghan police base050
Spain declares virus emergency as global cases soar-2.3349
Sudanese split over normalising relations with Israel054
First stage of Egypt parliament elections wraps up049
Berlin police break up demo as coronavirus tensions mount051.67
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree anew to ceasefire: US-249.67
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