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 appeals 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.
- Overall, we rate Malaysiakini Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and Mostly Factual for reporting due to poor sourcing of their national news.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1999, Malaysiakini is a popular Malaysian news blog published in English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. Malaysiakini is based in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Funded by / Ownership
Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, which Mkini Group Sdn Bhd owns, publishes Malaysiakini. Advertising, sponsored content, and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
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.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Malaysiakini Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and Mostly Factual for reporting due to poor sourcing of their national news. (M Huitsing 5/10/2018) Updated (02/02/2022)
Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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