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 Channel News Asia (CNA) Least Biased based on story selection that is balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to the use of credible sources and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Singapore 158/180
Founded in 1999 by Mediacorp, CNA (Channel News Asia) is an English language Asian transmedia news outlet that focuses on news, economy, business, human stories, current affairs, and documentary programming. CNA is headquartered in Singapore and has a Singapore and International editions. CNA’s TV channel also broadcasts live reports and interviews. It is said to be viewed in 29 territories including Asia the Middle East and Australia.
Mediacorp is a public broadcaster that has a monopoly over TV channels and radio stations. Mediacorp is owned by Temasek Holdings which is a Singaporean state investment firm. Lim Boon Heng is the current chairman of Temasek Holdings.
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Funded by / Ownership
CNA is owned by Mediacorp. Mediacorp is owned by the Singapore government through its investment arm Temasek. CNA (Channel News Asia) revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Singapore was ranked 158/180 by Reporters Without Borders in the Press Freedom Index. In their report, they state “As a result of judicial and financial pressure from the authorities, self-censorship is widespread, including within the alternative independent media.”
Lee Hsien Loong the current Prime Minister of Singapore. He is also the Secretary-General of the center-right People’s Action Party ( PAP) CNA is controlled by the Singapore Government and the Government is known for its conservative Center-right stance.
In review, when covering Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong CNA utilizes a neutral tone in their headlines such as this “Don’t ‘drop workers’: Companies and workers should take the long view, says PM Lee in May Day message”. On the other hand, when covering opposition Workers Party leader Pritam Singh they also maintain a neutral tone “ WP’s Pritam Singh calls for ‘thorough review’ of Singaporean living wage following ‘useful lessons’ from COVID-19”. Therefore they give equal voice to both sides. Furthermore, they source through quotes rather than hyperlinks.
When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, CNA typically syndicates to low biased credible news sources such as AFP and Reuters.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Channel News Asia (CNA) Least Biased based on story selection that is balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to the use of credible sources and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 05/15/2020)
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