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- Overall, we rate Emirates 24/7 right-leaning and Questionable based on the promotion of pro-state propaganda. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to censorship of information that is negative toward the ruling family.
Reasoning: Pro-State Propaganda, Censorship
Country: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
World Press Freedom Rank: United Arab Emirates 131/180
Launched in 2007 replacing Emirates Today, Emirates 24/7 is an online news website based in Dubai/UAE. Emirates 24/7 provides news with a “focus on Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Gulf-Khaleej.” Sections include News, Law & Order, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Property rentals. Emirates 24/7 is published by Dubai Media Inc., formerly known as the Dubai Department of Media. Currently, Khadeeja Al Marzooqi is the Editor-in-Chief.
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Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) 131/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating that “the authorities can censor local or foreign publications if they criticize domestic policies, the economy, the ruling families, religion or the UAE’s relations with its allies.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
In review, Dubai Media Inc states its mission as to “Provide diverse media services to enhance the image of Dubai & UAE”
Emirates 24/7 publishes articles with headlines such as “Mohammed bin Rashid launches New Media Academy” and “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award recognises global champions of tolerance” that mostly focuses on positive coverage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and lacking in any criticism of him. Emirates 24/7 reports selectively when the issue doesn’t resonate with the ruler, such as news related to his daughter and his wife. When it comes to sourcing, Emirates 24/7 often sources through quotes and utilizes the Emirates News Agency (WAM) which is the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a positive tone “Donald Trump becomes grandfather for 10th time” and “Dubai Ruler receives Ivanka Trump at GWFD 2020”, whereas their coverage of Democratic President Barack Obama was often negative in tone “Americans lose faith in Obama”. This story is a slide show that highlights the high unemployment rate under Obama. In general, the news is reported factually, however, due to censorship, there is never negative coverage of the ruling family resulting in pro-state propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Emirates 24/7 right-leaning and Questionable based on the promotion of pro-state propaganda. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to censorship of information that is negative toward the ruling family. (8/30/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/16/2020)