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- Overall, we rate iHarare Left Biased and Questionable due to poor sourcing, sensationalism, and several failed fact checks by IFCN fact-checker, Africa Check.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Sensationalism, Fake news, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: Zimbabwe 126/180
Founded in 2013, iHarare is an online news blog published in Zimbabwe. It is based in the capital of Harare. iHarare focuses on breaking news, politics, sports, entertainment, business, and classifieds. Currently, Sharon Chirisa is the editor-in-chief.
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Analysis / Bias
In review, iHarare publishes articles critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa with emotionally loaded language such as “Zimbabwe Finally Closes Borders Over Coronavirus Pandemic” and critical of the Zimbabwe Government “Zimbabwe Buys US$5 Face Masks For US$28 In Shocking Covid-19 Scandal.”
They also publish articles regarding the opposition with a positive tone such as this: “The Advantages Nelson Chamisa Has So Far”. Nelson Chamisa is the leader of the opposition party which formed in 2018. The opposition party is Center-Left Nationalist.
They also publish tabloid-style stories such as “Popular Businessman’s Son (13) Kills Teen In Freak Accident” and local stories “Dog Meat Racket Hits Kuwadzana As Hoodlums Prey On Residents Desperate For Affordable Meat”.
When it comes to sourcing iHarare often hyperlinks and to itself as well other online news websites in Zimbabwe such as Zim Morning Post. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a neutral tone such as “President Donald Trump To Suspend ALL IMMIGRATION To The United States.” In this article and they utilize credible sources such as the BBC. In general, iHarare selects stories that favor the left and are not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- Photo, video from Zimbabwe used in fake story of South African xenophobic attackers ‘turned into snakes’ – Fake
- “South Africa records It’s first successful cure of Coronavirus patient,” – False
- “A jealous woman burnt her husband using hot water mixed with cooking oil at Sake, Gither ward, Mandera west constituency,” – False
Overall, we rate iHarare Left Biased and Questionable due to poor sourcing, sensationalism, and several failed fact checks by IFCN fact-checker, Africa Check. (M. Huitsing 5/29/2020)