- Overall, we rate Al-Hayat Questionable due to the promotion of pro-state propaganda and poor sourcing.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Poor Sourcing
Country: Saudi Arabia
World Press Freedom Rank: Saudi Arabia 170/180
Launched in 1946, Al Hayat is a pan-Arab daily news media outlet based in London and provides coverage on 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. Al-Hayat stopped its printed issues in 2018 and closed in 2020. Saud Al Rayes was the editor in chief of Al Hayat.
Funded by / Ownership
Al Hayat is owned by the former Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Khalid bin Sultan.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Saudi Arabia 170/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating that “Saudi Arabia permits no independent media. The authorities keep Saudi journalists under close surveillance, even when they are abroad, as Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Istanbul in October 2018 illustrated.”
Al Hayat publishes articles with strong emotionally loaded language such as “pro-regime militants killed by rocket fire in Damascus”. In their headlines pertaining to national and international news they use minimally loaded emotional language such as 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. In general, they publish pro-state propaganda.
Overall, we rate Al-Hayat Questionable due to the promotion of pro-state propaganda and poor sourcing. (M. Huitsing 5/8/2018) Updated (6/27/2020)