These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Iran 164/180 (2018)
Notes: Launched in 2003, Mehr News Agency is an Iranian news agency based in Tehran-Iran. The owner is the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO) and Ali Asgari is the CEO/Managing Director of the Mehr News Agency (MNA). Mehr News Agency and the Russian Sputnik news agency have signed a cooperation agreement in 2018 to share news and analysis products.
Reporters Without Borders has reported Iran as “One of the most oppressive countries” According to a Reporters Without Borders 2018 report, Iran ranks 164 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index. (one point up from last year’s rank)
According to their about page “International daily newspaper, Tehran Times with more than three decades of its publication is affiliated with MNA.” The Tehran Times is known as a Pro-Government media outlet. The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani has moved to the left, placing himself with the reformists during last year’s elections, but he is still the leader of the Moderation and Development Party, which is classified as “moderate reformists” “modernist right” or “Republican Right.”
Mehr News Agency wires its news in the 6 languages of Persian, English, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, and German. They provide domestic, political, culture and art, world news and also includes commentary, national politics, and opinions.
In review, the content of headlines and articles uses loaded words pertaining to national news such as “US ‘failed global leader’ after USSR collapse” and “Jewish MP says Iranian Jews ready, united to defend Iran.” Further, they poorly source their articles by either heavily quoting or utilizing factually mixed right biased Iranian sources such as Tasnim, Tehran Times and Russian news media company Sputnik News.
Overall, due to poor sourcing we rate the Mehr News Agency as mixed for factual reporting and Right-Biased based on pro-government story selection. (M. Huitsing 5/30/2018)