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- Overall, we rate Al Manar Questionable based on excessive political party control that results in the publication of pro-Hezbollah propaganda, poor sourcing, and designation as a terrorist and hate group. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the omission of key facts in stories and a failed fact check.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency, Hate Group
World Press Freedom Rank: Lebanon 102/180
Launched in 2000, Al Manar is the official website for the TV station Al Manar. Al Manar features Lebanese, world, and business news, with a section called “Focus on Zionists” and a section for Hezbollah Statements. In 2006 the U.S. Government “Designates Al-Manar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity Television Station and an Arm of Hezbollah Terrorist Network.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Al Manar is fully affiliated with Hezbollah and calls itself “the main tool in keeping up with the victories of the Lebanese Resistance of Hezbollah and the Zionist entity’s crimes”. The US state department designates Al Manar as a media arm of the Hezbollah. The Lebanese Communication Group operates Al Manar TV and is owned by Hezbollah. Funding and revenue are not transparent.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Al Manar publishes articles with strong emotionally loaded language such as “Lebanon Shows Entire World Pride in Face of US Tyrant”. The article reads “Pompeo and his entourage started touring the various decision-making centers in Beirut in order to provoke the Lebanese against Hezbollah resistance which has protected the country from the Zionist and the takfiri enemies.” Al Manar reports selectively when the issue doesn’t resonate with Hezbollah. When it comes to sourcing, Al Manar often hyperlinks to itself, and typically when covering world news they republish news from AFP such as “China to Impose Sanctions on US Firms in Taiwan Arms Sale”.
Editorially, Al Manar is classified as a hate group by the ADL where they state “Al-Manar broadcasts the terrorist group’s messages of hate and violence, disseminates anti-Semitic and anti-American propaganda and glorifies suicide bombings to millions of viewers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Failed Fact Checks
- Four thousand Israelis employed by companies housed in the World Trade Center stayed home from work on 9/11, warned in advance of the impending attack on the WTC. – False
Overall, we rate Al Manar Questionable based on excessive political party control that results in the publication of pro-Hezbollah propaganda, poor sourcing, and designation as a terrorist and hate group. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the omission of key facts in stories and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 12/6/2020)