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- Overall, we rate Press TV Questionable based on promotion of Iranian Propaganda and Conspiracies related to the west, as well as poor sourcing and the publication of fake news.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Fake News, Antisemitism
World Press Freedom Rank: Iran 170/180
Founded in 2007, Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network and website, affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). IRIB is state-owned but independent of the Iranian government in its management, and is the only legal TV and radio broadcaster inside Iran. Press TV’s headquarters are located in Tehran.
The stated mission of network is best summarized by Press TV CEO Mohammad Sarafraz when he said at a press conference that, “Since September 11, Western bias has divided the media into two camps: those that favor their policies make up one group and the rest of the media are attached to radical Islamic groups like Al-Qaeda. We want to show that there is a different view. Iran, and the Shi’as in particular, have become a focal point of world propaganda. From the media point of view, we are trying to give a second eye to Western audiences.”
Read how government influences media in Iran
Funded by / Ownership
Press TV is state-funded and is a division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). The head of the IRIB is appointed by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Analysis / Bias
According to Reporters Without Borders Iran is ranked 170 out of 180 countries for press freedom. They report “Iran has been one of the world’s most repressive countries for journalists for the past 40 years. State control of news and information is unrelenting and at least 860 journalists and citizen-journalists have been imprisoned or executed since 1979.”
In review, Press TV is a Iranian propaganda TV network and website. Several credible media outlets have criticized Press TV such as the Guardian who described Press TV as “the controversial 24-hour news channel funded by the Iranian government.” British journalist Nick Cohen has called the station “a platform for the full fascist conspiracy theory of supernatural Jewish power.” The right leaning Washington Examiner has described them this way “If you like crackpot conspiracy theories or you’re interested in what the Iranian government wants you to believe, then pay a visit to Press TV!”
A review of news articles demonstrates a mixture of true unbiased news reporting such as this Democratic candidates may boycott debate due to strike, while others are overt conspiracy theories negative toward the west such as this: Trump is completely controlled by criminal Zionists: Writer. This article is not sourced and makes debunked 9/11 conspiracy claims such as this “Evidence has proven that the 9/11 attacks were planned, carried out, and covered up by neocon factions in the US government with heavy Israeli impetus. Yet the official narrative still implicates 19 fictional hijackers of which 15 were said to be Saudi nationals.” In general, if it involves the USA or Israel you can bank on it being negative and most likely misleading and/or false.
Press TV has such a bad reputation for publishing/reporting questionable content that there is Wiki Page titled “Press TV Controversies”, which highlights the many times they have made antisemitic and false claims. Rather than listing them all here, we recommend you check out this Wiki page for more details.
Overall, we rate Press TV Questionable based on promotion of Iranian Propaganda and Conspiracies related to the west, as well as poor sourcing and the publication of fake news. (D. Van Zandt 5/18/2016) Updated (12/14/2019)
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