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 the Saudi Gazette left-center biased due to their pro-reform, liberal (in a Saudi sense) political stance on national news, and factually Mixed due to promoting pro-state propaganda.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER (by Saudi standards)
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Saudi Arabia
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: TOTAL OPPRESSION
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1978, the Saudi Gazette is one of the leading English-language daily newspapers based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, published by OKAZ. The Saudi Gazette publishes news and opinions concerning national, Arab, and international issues.
According to their about page, the paper’s current editor-in-chief is Somayya Jabarti. She is the first woman editor-in-chief of a Saudi Arabian national newspaper. The readership is primarily drawn from foreign residents.
The sister publication of Saudi Gazette is OKAZ, and according to the New Yorker, it is considered to be liberal. Okaz is similar to an Arabic version of the New York Post. However, the liberalism displayed is in the Saudi context and subject to censorship by the government. According to a BBC article on the Saudi Arabia media profile, the royal family owns or controls most of the Saudi press, and “On sensitive stories, newspapers tend to follow the editorial lead of the state news agency.”
According to Reporters Without Borders, Saudi Arabia ranks low for press freedom at 170/180 on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index and indicates that Saudi Arabia has no independent media, the authorities tolerate neither political parties, unions, nor human rights groups, and the level of self-censorship is extremely high.”
Funded by / Ownership
OKAZ owns the Saudi Gazette. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Saudi Gazette appears to have a pro-reform tone, for example: “Over 9,000 women attend two league matches “. Articles are typically sourced either through quotes or sourced to SPA, the official news agency of Saudi Arabia, owned and controlled by the government. However, the Saudi Gazette covers world news through credible least biased news agencies such as AFP, AP, and Reuters.
In general, the Saudi Gazette has little choice but to promote pro-government propaganda as there is no press freedom in Saudi Arabia.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Saudi Gazette left-center biased due to their pro-reform, liberal (in a Saudi sense) political stance on national news, and factually Mixed due to promoting pro-state propaganda. (M. Huitsing 1/16/2018) Updated (09/27/2023)
Last Updated on September 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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