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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Notes: Al-Hayat was launched in 1946 and originally founded by Kamel Mrowa, a Lebanese Shi’a Muslim, in Beirut. Currently, according to Gulf News, Al-Hayat moved it’s headquarter from London UK to Dubai UAE and it will continue to be printed and distributed in London, but through its Dubai office. Saudi Prince Khalid bin Sultan who is the former deputy minister of defense and a member of House of Saud is the owner of the paper since 1988. Regarding the censorship due to Saudi ownership, Kahalid Bin Sultan who owns Al-Hayat says that “he does not interfere in its articles as long as no royal criticism is published.”
Al-Hayat is a pan-Arab daily news media outlet and provides coverage on particularly Middle Eastern issues and in-depth coverage in the Arab world. The international 20-page edition generally contains seven pages of political news, opinions, features, business, culture and arts, sport, youth, fashion, motors and miscellaneous articles.
Ibrahim Badi is the newspaper’s Editor. According To Al-Monitor most of Al-Hayat journalists and editors are Lebanese. Its editorial page and some of its news coverage take a left-leaning approach and the paper often reflects an Arab nationalist view. Saudi censors banned Al-Hayat in 2002 because the edition contained an open letter from 67 American intellectuals that defended the War on Terror, and called upon their Saudi counterparts to condemn “militant jihadism” and to further de-legitimize the concept by calling such actions un-Islamic.
In Review, in their headlines pertaining to national and international news they use minimally loaded emotional language such as “pro-regime militants killed by rocket fire in Damascus” and “Trump withdraws from nuclear deal.” They typically utilize credible sources such as AFP, and Reuters. However, some articles are heavily quoted without linking the story to sources. Al-Hayat does not have an English version, therefore this review was conducted via English translation.
Overall, we rate Al-Hayat Left-Center biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to use of low biased sources.