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Brexit media bias quantified

Two-thirds of UK newspapers took a pro-Leave stance in the Brexit referendum, an Oxford study has reported.

University of Oxford researchers David Levy, Billur Aslan and Diego Bironzo studied 3,403 news articles to analyse the political slant of UK media coverage of the Brexit referendum. Of the 2,378 articles that were focused specifically on the referendum, 41 per cent took a pro-Leave stance compared to 27 per cent that backed Remain, the study found, marking “a dominant pro Brexit bias”.

The initial findings were presented in September by lead researcher David Levy at an event at the European Parliament’s Information Office in London.

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