These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing 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 as least biased through proper sourcing and story selection. However, we rate them as Mostly Factual rather than High due to censorship issues from the Chinese Government.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: Hong Kong
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Asia Times is an English-language publication launched in 1995.
Funded by / Ownership
Asia Times Holdings Limited owns the publication and is a media conglomerate based in Hong Kong. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Although freedom of the press is guaranteed in Hong Kong, Reporters Without Borders placed Hong Kong 140/180 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 well-sourced articles: 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. In general, the Asia Times faces some censorship from the Chinese government lowering its credibility rating.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Asia Times as least biased through proper sourcing and story selection. However, we rate them as Mostly Factual rather than High due to censorship issues from the Chinese Government. (M. Huitsing 9/14/2017) Updated (11/23/2023)
Last Updated on November 23, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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