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- Overall, we rate Quds News Network as Left-leaning in bias and questionable due to a lack of transparency, the promotion of propaganda, poor sourcing, and numerous failed fact checks.
Questionable Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Quds News Network (QNN) is a Palestinian news platform that has been operational for over a decade, primarily focusing on stories from Jerusalem. It has a noticeable presence on social media, particularly on Facebook. The network has faced challenges, including Facebook closing its account. As reported by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), following the conflict between Hamas and Israel, social media platforms have removed content or suspended accounts of various Palestinian news sites, activists, and journalists, with QNN being one of them. QNN is known for its mix of breaking news and extensive video content, targeting a younger generation of Palestinians.
Funded by / Ownership
The specific details regarding the funding and ownership of Quds News Network are not publicly disclosed. The Chief editor is Yousef Abu Watfa.
Analysis / Bias
Quds News Network is reported to have affiliations with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Regarding content and editorial stance, Quds News Network clearly focuses on Palestinian perspectives and issues. This is evident in the choice of stories, the framing of narratives, and the emphasis on topics that resonate with Palestinian and pro-Palestinian audiences.
Articles, such as “Israel rejects swap to free all detainees” reports on a statement by an Israeli military spokesperson rejecting a proposal by Hamas for a detainee swap, which would involve the release of all Israeli detainees in Gaza in exchange for all Palestinians held in Israeli jails. It includes statements from Hamas leaders and references protests in Tel Aviv supporting the deal. This article cites WAFA as a source but does not include hyperlinks to verify its claims. However, the content seems to be based on public statements from representatives of both Israel and Hamas.
Quds News Network also republishes stories from left-leaning sources like Middle East Eye and The Guardian, including articles such as “Ukraine and Palestine: How the West embraces one resistance but demonises another” and “Welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu to No 10 is an insult to British Palestinians like me.” In general, Quds News Network demonstrates a strong pro-Palestinian bias and engages in advocacy related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They also frequently fail fact-checks, resulting in a low factual rating.
Failed Fact Checks
- Video clip purporting to show a massive tornado in Benghazi due to the storm. – Fake
- Image purporting to feature a train station in the city of Haifa, Palestine, in 1934. – Misleading
- Xavi Hernández, a Spanish football manager and FC Barcelona’s head coach, recently expressed his support for Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip. – Misleading
- Scotland’s Celtic fans wave flags of Palestine in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people in their first match against Real Madrid in the Champions League – Misleading
- The renowned Italian TikTok star, Khaby Lame expresses solidarity with the Palestinians in occupied #Jerusalem through a tweet on his account. – Fake
- “Tens of thousands – a massive demonstration in Indonesia to express solidarity with the Palestinians in #SheikhJarrah and #Gaza Strip. #GazaUnderAttack”. – False
- See more Failed Fact Checks.
Overall, we rate Quds News Network as Left-leaning in bias and questionable due to a lack of transparency, the promotion of propaganda, poor sourcing, and numerous failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 11/12/2023)
Last Updated on November 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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