Basnews Agency – Bias and Credibility

Basnews - Questionable - Left Bias - Liberal - Fake News - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency, and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be untrustworthy and should be fact-checked per article. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.

  • Overall, we rate Basnews Questionable due to a complete lack of transparency and poor sourcing of information. 

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing, Censorship
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Iraq
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: News Agency
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


Founded in 2011, Basnews Agency is a news site from Northern Iraq. Basnews is based in Erbil (the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) and published in two dialects of Kurdish and English, Arabic and Turkish. Basnews covers a wide range of topics from the economy, politics, and interviews to lifestyle, including all events in the Kurdistan Region. 

The website lacks transparency as there is no about page, nor is ownership disclosed. However, their Facebook page indicates Botan Tahseen founded the site.

Read our profile on Iraq’s Government and Media

Funded by / Ownership

The website is not transparent in ownership. However, it appears Botan Tahseen may be the owner, though we cannot confirm this. Further, the website does not disclose a business or funding model. Therefore we cannot determine how they generate revenue.

Analysis / Bias

The Kurdistan Region is an autonomous region in Northern Iraq. This Region is divided into four governorates: Duhok, Erbil, Sulaymaniya, and Halabja. Erbil is the Capital city. The Kurdistan Region has a presidential system with the current president Nechirvan Barzani. The KDP is one of the main Kurdish parties in Iraq and is described as a tribal (Note tribes are KDP-Barzanis and the PUK-Talabani’s), considered the leftist nationalist big tent party. 

In review, Basnews is left-leaning and believed to be affiliated with the KDP in Erbil. When reporting regional news, Basnews utilizes headlines with emotionally loaded language such as “PUK Leadership, Talabani Family in War of Words”  however, this article is poorly sourced with only quotes. Usually, Basnews publishes short news stories, and they rarely use hyperlinks. For example, they use the Turkish news agency Anadolu. However, they do not provide a hyperlink: “Iraq’s Judiciary Asks Parliament to Lift Immunity of 28 MPs”. In general, story selection favors a leftist perspective and is poorly sourced.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None found

Overall, we rate Basnews Questionable due to a complete lack of transparency and poor sourcing of information.  (M. Huitsing 5/14/2020) Updated (07/25/2022)


Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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