These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal 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 Asia Times least biased through proper sourcing and story selection, while high for factual reporting.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Hong Kong
World Press Freedom Rank: Hong Kong 80/180
Asia Times is an English-language publication launched in 1995. In 2016, the Board of Directors named veteran editor and economist Uwe Parpart as Editor.
Funded by / Ownership
Asia Times Holdings Limited owns the publication and is a media conglomerate based in Hong Kong. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
Although freedom of the press is guaranteed in Hong Kong, Reporters Without Borders placed Hong Kong 73/180 on their World Press Freedom Index. They state that “the media are finding it more and more difficult to cover sensitive stories about the Hong Kong government and Mainland China, and the need to protect their editorial positions from Beijing’s influence is increasingly noticeable.”
Asia Times typically publishes articles that are well-sourced: Should Western countries impose sanctions on Cambodia? However, opinion pieces have a strong anti-American sentiment such as this: “US rejection of ‘double freeze’ will increase tension.” Asia Times also publishes stories from credible sources such as Reuters: “China backs Myanmar repression in Rakhine.” While opinion pieces tend to have an anti-American bias, their straight news coverage is well-sourced and least biased.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Asia Times least biased through proper sourcing and story selection, while high for factual reporting. (M. Huitsing 9/14/2017) Updated (10/20/2019)