Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Lebanon 102/180
Launched August 2014; Al-Masdar News or AMN is an English-language online newspaper founded by Leith Abou Fadel. Al-Masdar’s coverage focuses on news from Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. Al-Masdar has several Syria-based correspondents and claims to have sources within the Syrian military. The website has been described as pro-Assad and Syria.
Funded by / Ownership
AMN does not clearly state ownership, though it is possibly owned by Leith Abou Fadel. Revenue is derived through donations and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Al-Masdar News publishes world news stories from credible sources such as LA Times, Reuters, and the New York Times, however, Middle East news is poorly sourced, without links provided. Through a search, we found that one of the stories came from the Questionable propaganda source, The Duran. Further, BBC, Newsweek, The Independent, and the New York Times all described Al-Masdar as a “pro-government website.” Al-Masdar says on their about page that they are an independent media service free from any political or corporate funding, sponsorship, or association, but western media refers to them as “Pro-Regime.” Finally, they have also been described as a source for Russian Disinformation regarding Syria in which they always favor the Government. In general, they publish pro-Syrian Government propaganda.
Overall, we rate Al-Masdar Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of pro-state propaganda, the use of poor sources, and a lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 9/25/2017) Updated (12/6/2020)