These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Malaysia 145/180
Notes: Founded in 1999, Malaysiakini is a popular Malaysian news blog that is published in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Malaysiakini is based in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. The editor in chief is Steven Gan.
According to Reporters without borders the media environment in Malaysia is threatened by increasing censorship. The 2018 World Press Freedom Index ranks Malaysia 145th out of 180 countries.
In review, Malaysiakini uses loaded language in their headlines and articles such as “If the opposition is lying about 1MDB, sue them” and “Setting a world benchmark in reclaiming democracy.” Malaysiakini tends to poorly source their articles regarding national politics by linking to themselves. They also utilize emotionally loaded language which has an anti-government tone such as this from the above article: “millions turned up yesterday and overthrew a murderous, corrupt regime without shedding one drop of blood.” The main ruling party this was directed at is considered center-right.
When reporting international news they demonstrate low bias and maintain factual reporting as they typically republish articles from credible sources such as Reuters.
Overall, we rate Malaysiakini Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of their national news.
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