These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Ahval News Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are opposed to Turkey’s right leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack transparency regarding funding and accusations of promoting propaganda.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Cyprus 28/180
Founded in 2017, Ahval is an online news website that primarily reports on Turkey and provides content in Turkish, English and Arabic. Based in Cyprus, its Editor-in-Chief is Yavuz Baydar, Managing Editor for Ahval Arabic is Ghassan Ibrahim, Executive Editor for Ahval English is Ilhan Tanir and Salwa Rezgi is the publisher.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Ahval News Ltd. Ahval News does not disclose how they are funded, nor is there any evidence that the website generates revenue through advertising. According to Quatara.de they may be subsidized by the United Arab Emirates. Further, Al-Monitor reports that the UAE used Ahval as a counter-propaganda tool against Turkey’s president. They state, “This website is financed by the Arab Weekly, in other words, by the UAE. This media group, which is owned by the UAE, declared total war against Turkey.”
Analysis / Bias
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the president of Turkey. He is the leader of The Justice and Development Party (AKP) which is the ruling conservative political party in Turkey.
According to freedomhouse.org, Ahval news have been blocked in Turkey by The Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK) (Turkey’s Internet watchdog). Ahval news has also been criticized as being close to or linked to U.S. based Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, by the pro-government Turkish daily Sabah.
In review, Ahval News publishes articles critical of the Erdogan government with emotionally loaded language such as “Erdoğan’s dictatorship driving Turkey toward dead end” and “A dangerous vortex in Turkey.” When it comes to sourcing, Ahval News often hyperlinks to itself, as well as to credible sources such as Washington Post, Portland Press Herald, Vox, Bloomberg, Axios as well as factually mixed sources such as Newsweek. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone such as in this article “Trump’s Turkey ties show broader pattern of abuses of power – senator”. In general, their reports are rooted in fact, however they have a very strong anti-Erdogan bias that has been described as counter-propaganda.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact checked by an IFCN fact checker.
Overall, we rate Ahval News Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are opposed to Turkey’s right leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack transparency regarding funding and accusations of promoting propaganda. (M. Huitsing 12/12/2019)
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