South China Morning Post Bias and Reliability Overview

South China Morning Post is a newspaper and website that offers news and analysis on stories important to Southeast Asia. Its mission is to “lead the global conservation about China.” The newspaper, founded in 1903, is based in Hong Kong and published in English, with a circulation of approximately 100,000. The website averages more than 26.3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates South China Morning Post as neutral in terms 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 South China Morning Post’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.71

Bias: -4.94

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 URL Bias Reliability
Covid-19 research shows downsides of face shields and valve masks-151.58
Coronavirus death rate may be as bad – or worse – than for Spanish flu-6.3338.58
Bitter Trump could punish China and Hong Kong in event of US election defeat, sanctions expert warns-8.6730.27
South China Sea: ‘If China attacks our navy, we’ll call the US’, Philippines says252.79
Chinese diplomat pictured walking on locals’ backs highlights Pacific power struggle-3.554.72
Michelle Obama: ‘Systemic racism’ is coming from the White House-9.3351.41
Why China’s diplomatic push may not be enough to secure EU investment deal045.46
Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 13 new Covid-19 cases as health authorities set up more than 100 booths for mass testing-0.3348.07
China coronavirus investigation team and date of visit still to be decided-1.6749.11
Four more years: why America is likely to vote for Donald Trump after all-0.6736.72
Why the yuan could soon shake off its sluggishness against the US dollar-1.6739.7
Detained Chinese scientist Tang Juan to be released on bail as defence cites coronavirus risk-3.6748.55
Donald Trump’s national security adviser calls Beijing’s South China Sea claims ‘ridiculous’-3.6744.89
The world must have no more illusions about America’s global leadership-1639.44
If Beijing wants an innovative economy, it must free Chinese minds-236.89
In the dogfights of the future, are these the new top guns?0.541.98
Housing, not GDP: Carrie Lam must focus on what really matters to Hong Kong in her next policy address-426.32
Why there is no shame in TikTok selling up in the US-3.6730.91
What geometry can teach us about rights, equality and politics-7.3324.95
Hong Kong third wave: dozens of domestic workers exposed to infected pair, officials say, as city confirms 95 new Covid-19 cases040.2
China-US relations: Beijing lays out bottom lines, ‘has no plans to unseat superpower’-6.6737.28
US squeeze on China’s apps, digital infrastructure could upend global internet-234.89
Why the US dollar slide may be a sign of real danger this time3.543.98
American pilot arrested in Hong Kong after being sent one live round of ammunition and 9,000 blanks and spent cartridges in the post241.47
Risks must not be taken in race to find coronavirus vaccine-1.537.92
As US broadens TikTok battle, tech firms such as WeChat and Zoom might have to pick sides-5.543.37
Taiwan visit will ‘strengthen cooperation’ says US Health Secretary1.3348.5
Apps claiming to use Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou see a surge in downloads, but they might just use GPS041.23
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges US app stores to remove ‘untrusted’ Chinese-owned apps248.59
Coronavirus recovery: invest rainy day savings to boost Hong Kong’s economy-3.3343.46
Can China’s ‘community of shared future’ grow amid Malaysia’s internal trust deficit?-536.54
China’s city of the future moves step closer in Greater Bay Area plan-0.6744.24
Shenzhen should be elevated to same administrative status as Beijing: academics-242.54