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 165/180
In addition to Persian reporting, Tasnim News Agency also provides news in Turkish, which features World and National Politics, Opinions, a wide variety of political, social, economic and international subjects.
Tasnim News Agency describes its mission as “Defending the Islamic Revolution against negative media propaganda campaign and providing our readers with realities on the ground about Iran and Islam, specially current wave of the Islamic Awakening in the region are top on our agenda in Tasnim News Agency.”
Tasnim has strong links with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and according to The Guardian the US accuses the IRGC of terror mainly because of its military support for Hezbollah and Hamas, organizations that the US and EU have both designated as terrorist groups.
Although the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) don’t openly affiliate themselves with any political parties, the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran (ABADGARAN) is widely viewed as a political front for the Revolutionary Guards and they are described as “Iran’s neocons”, therefore we rate the political stance of Tasnim as right wing bias.
Reporters without Borders has reported Iran as “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists” According to a reporters without borders 2017 report, Iran ranks 165 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.
The content of headlines and articles use loaded words pertaining to national news such as “Battle against Daesh Still Continuing in Cultural, Ideological Fields: Iran’s Shamkhani” However, they poorly source their articles, heavily quoting without sourcing or providing links to the original source. Overall, due to poor sourcing we rate Tasnim News Agency as mixed for factual reporting and right biased due to their link with Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (M. Huitsing 12/04/2017)