Saudi Gazette

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Saudi Gazette - Left Center BiasLEFT-CENTER BIAS

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: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Saudi Arabia 168/180

Notes: Founded in 1978, the Saudi Gazette is one of the leading English-language daily newspapers based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and it is published by OKAZ. Saudi Gazette publishes news and opinion pieces concerning national, Arab and international issues.

According to their about page the current editor-in-chief of the paper is Somayya Jabarti and she is the first woman editor-in-chief of a Saudi Arabian national newspaper. The readership is largely 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 similar to an Arabic version of the New York Post. However, the liberalism displayed is in 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 Reporters Without Borders, Saudi Arabia ranks low for press freedom at 168/180 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.”

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, which is the official news agency of Saudi Arabia, which is 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. 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 high due to credible sourcing of world news. (M. Huitsing 1/16/2018)


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