These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Ahram Online Right-Center biased based on being completely controlled by a right leaning military dictatorship. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to oppressive Government censorship and promotion of pro-Government propaganda.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Egypt 161/180
Founded in 1875, Al-Ahram is a daily broadsheet newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt and is one of the largest circulating papers in the world. Ahram Online is an English online version of the paper. Ahram Online was launched 26 November 2010 with the current editor-in-chief being Ezzat Ibrahim.
Funded by / Ownership
Ahram Online is owned by the Al-Ahram Foundation which is managed by the Egyptian government’s “Supreme Council of Press.” The Egyptian government owns a controlling share of the stocks of the paper and appoints the editors. As appointees of the state, little censorship is exercised over them; it is understood that they are loyal to the state.
Analysis / Bias
According to Reporters Without Borders “Egypt is now one of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists. Some spend years in detention without being charged or tried.” They further report “The press freedom situation has become more and more alarming under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has orchestrated a “Sisification” of the media.”
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is difficult to classify on a left-right scale. The best description would be a nationalistic military dictator who wields near 100% control of the Government.
In review, Ahram Online covers Egyptian news through journalists that utilize minimal loaded language such as this: Egypt’s Sisi, Ethiopia’s PM Ahmed agree that GERD technical committee should resume work. Although wording is typically neutral, you will not find criticism of the Government on this website. Further, most stories covering President al-Sisi are favorable such as this: Egypt’s Sisi praises SCC’s role in protecting justice, rights, freedoms. When covering Western/USA news they frequently use news wires such as Reuters: Trump says ceasefire in Syria is holding despite few skirmishes. In general, international news is low biased and factual, while domestic news is highly biased in favor of the ruling Government. Based on one sided reporting and oppressive censorship we must rate Ahram Online Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion of pro-Government propaganda.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Ahram Online Right-Center biased based on being completely controlled by a right leaning military dictatorship. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to oppressive Government censorship and promotion of pro-Government propaganda. (8/29/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/24/2019)