Last updated on July 23rd, 2021 at 06:59 pm
These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Airwars Least Biased based on accurately cataloging conflicts worldwide and the toll on civilians. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom (33/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2014, Airwars is a UK-based collaborative, not-for-profit transparency project run by a team of professional journalists based in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States that tracks and archives the international air war against Islamic State and other groups in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and assesses and follows up on credible allegations of civilian casualties from the coalition and Russian airstrikes.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their website Airwars is registered in England and Wales as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, company no. 10314448. Donations fund the website. Notable funders include Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Open Society Foundations, and Stichting Democratie en Media.
Analysis / Bias
Airwars typically collect data from official military sources and reporters on the ground in Syria and Iraq. They also draw on information sources “including NGOs, monitoring groups such as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), international and local news agencies, social media sites including local residents’ groups, in-country researchers, Facebook pages, YouTube footage of incidents, tweets relating to specific events and from military and other government sources.”
The website features an interactive map/chart showing civilian harm from military operations around the world. They also report on individual military operations as they occur, such as this USSOM337. Airwars also features investigations such as this Pentagon annual report declares 85 civilian deaths in recent US actions. All information reviewed is sourced. In general, Airwars reports fact-based, low-biased information.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Airwars Least Biased based on accurately cataloging conflicts worldwide and the toll on civilians. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/5/2017) Updated (7/23/2021)