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 very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. 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.
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Reasoning: Left-Center, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Fake News
Notes: Launched in February 2002, Fars News is an English language news website from Iran. The Editor in chief is Morteza Ghamari Vafa and Seyyed Nizamdin Mousavi is the managing director.
In addition to Persian reporting, Fars News Agency also provides news in Turkish, and Arabic, which features World and National Politics, Opinions, Society and Culture, Sci-Tech and more. Fars News Agency is described as a pro-government news agency.
Reporters without Borders has reported Iran as “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists” According to a reporters without borders 2017 report, Iran ranks 165 out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index.
The content of headlines and articles use minimal loaded words pertaining to national news such as “Energy Ministry Caretaker: Iran to Reconstruct Syria’s Power lines, Power Plants.” However, they poorly source their articles, heavily quoting without providing links to sources such as this article.
According to The Guardian, In September 2012, the Fars News Agency sourced The Onion website’s news on Ahmadinejad as actual news, without crediting the Onion. In April 2013, Fars News Agency ran a story about Iranian Scientist who claimed to build a “Time Machine.” Further, according to the Huffington Post, in January 2014, Fars News reported the US has been run by Nazi space aliens.
Overall, we rate Far News as Questionable due to poor sourcing, reporting conspiracy theories and the publishing of fake news stories. (M. Huitsing 9/12/2017)